Asked May 9, 2019, 3:26 PM EDT
I planted a raspberry bush in my front yard yesterday. I woke up this morning and found that something ate all the leaves off of it leaving just stems. Will it recover or is it done
New London County Connecticut
The raspberry plants should have enough stored energy to put out new leaves. Multiple times of defoliation will eventually kill the plant, but just this one time should not kill it.
It is important to stop whatever removed the leaves. Examine the plants to see if there are any chewing insects such as caterpillars, on the plant or near it. Also check the ground for deer or animal tracks. If insects are found, identify them and use a control measure. If animal tracks are found, use an animal repellent to keep them from coming back.