Raspberry bushes are transplanted in the fall after harvest, while the soil is still warm. When the shoots come to rest, new roots sprout all the more abundantly.
The range of varieties of raspberries, which produce delicious fruit, is rich. Cultivars also differ in the exact time when they can be harvested. Thus, there are varieties that give the coveted fruit only once, but in true masses. These are ideal for those who want to freeze supplies in more or less one go or, for example, prepare jam. If you want to enjoy nice portions of fresh raspberries all summer long, plant selections that bloom and fruit repeatedly per season.
Why transplant raspberry bushes at all?
Raspberries like a partial shade to sunny location. If the light conditions for the raspberry bed change, for example due to growing large trees or the addition of buildings, it makes sense to transplant the berry bushes. Because if raspberries are very shady, the abundance of flowers and fruit is significantly reduced. Raspberries, whose place is no longer shaded by redesigning the garden, also need to be transplanted. In addition, raspberries tend to spread out a lot. They take away each other’s light and nutrients. In a few years, the new shoots will be in each other’s way. Then the raspberries will have to move, because the fruits will be much smaller.
How to transplant raspberries?
Raspberries, like many other popular fruit trees, belong to the rose family. They do not like at all when they are dug up and replanted in the same soil. They acknowledge this with a very puny growth. That is why, if no other place can be found, the soil must be completely replaced to a depth of about 80 centimeters (32 in). Ideal new fillings consist of a mixture of mature compost with garden soil, in which no raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, rose, etc., rooted before. This is because rose plants also react depressively to growth in places that their relatives once colonized.
Quickly replant the excavated plants as sections after watering them in a bucket of water for an hour or two. The plant should be replanted as deep as it was before. For once-bearing varieties, leave no more than three of the youngest shoots long, as they fruit on last year’s wood. Multiple bearing varieties fruit on one-year-old shoots and can be pruned very low to facilitate establishment. After watering in the bed, keep a close eye on the raspberries for a few weeks and water when necessary.
What makes mid-autumn the best time to transplant raspberries?
For one thing, the plants that have just come to rest above ground take root just fine, because they don’t have to provide any additional flowers or fruit. And, of course, a still warm soil favors underground growth. Thus, even once-fruiting varieties, whose shoots should still remain standing, take root well. If set too late or in the spring, they must necessarily be cut off so that the plant can reliably establish itself. In such cases, the harvest of the coming raspberry season will fail. Varieties that fruit on one-year-old wood, are somewhat less complicated, but why not give them the benefits of planting from September to about the first half of October?