raspberry starts...can it be done?

jclepine(8b)May 4, 2009

So, having a grotesquely large amount of raspberries in my yards, I brought some to the last spring and fall swaps. But, it seems they have died.

I am pretty sure that the starts I collected and potted were complete: roots, healthy tops and buds at the crowns. Should I dig deeper?

I'm thinking it might be a waste to dig some up now for the swap but maybe I can start some earlier and about a month before the fall swap?

Advice is appreciated!


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david52 Zone 6

Raspberry starts are one of the great mysteries of life. I dunno how many people I know, who are really good gardeners, fail at this. And other times, it works easily. After comparing notes, and successful/not-so-successful attempts, I have figured out the following:

- do it when they're dormant.

- don't wait. Dig up, transport to new location, plop in location, cover with dirt, water in.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2009 at 3:58PM
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Well, since mine are dormant, except that one by the shed, I think it will be safe to wait until just before the swap, so the person can put them in the ground and so they won't have been out too long.

Thanks, David!!

    Bookmark   May 4, 2009 at 5:00PM
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Skybird - z5, Denver, Colorado

Then dig them up the day before or the day of the swap and wrap the bottom in several layers of wet newspaper, Jennifer, and put each individual "plant" in a separate plastic bag. We'll need to be sure they stay in the shade on the day of the swap.

I LOVE raspberries and wish I had somewhere to put some,

    Bookmark   May 4, 2009 at 5:29PM
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Dan Staley

When I lived in WA state my buddy had some early-bearers and I took some of my long-bearers over to his place, they get June-mid Sept raspberries now. Anyway, I had some 15-gals and put 6 canes in a pot. But we had black loam and it was western Washington...

This fall's project is doing the raised bed for raspberries and asparagus. I have the bed all laid out so everyone can get used to the size. Whoo-hoo!


    Bookmark   May 4, 2009 at 7:11PM
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dafygardennut(5b-ish, CO)

The one I got from you at the fall swap has just barely started showing some green leaves at the base under the mulch, so maybe the others didn't die but are just slow to wake up.


    Bookmark   May 4, 2009 at 8:40PM
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Oh my word!! I'm glad it is alive, Dafy!

Okay, I'll give it a shot again this year. Thanks for chiming in :)


    Bookmark   May 5, 2009 at 1:29AM
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