Transplanting raspberries

Asked January 26, 2020, 12:49 PM EST

When is the best time of the year to dig up too-thick raspberry plants and transplant them elsewhere? I am hoping for early Spring since we didn’t do it last Fall. Also, any tips on soil amendments would be appreciated. Thanks for your assistance! Anne McKinney

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1 Response

Recommendations vary, according to who is talking. Educational sites suggest you always start with clean, certified plants obtained in spring. "Purchase dormant, certified plants at a garden store or nursery. Sucker plants dug from an established planting during the winter when plants are dormant often have virus diseases that can survive during transplanting." is the advice from this publication: https://s3.wp.wsu.edu/uploads/sites/2076/2017/06/C116-Raspberries-16.pdf.

I realize this is disappointing news but, far too often, the Master Gardener Office hears about shared plants that decline due to disease that wasn’t obvious beforehand.

If you prefer to use your own transplants, it's best to do so before they have any new growth.

You might like to review "Growing Raspberries in Your Home Garden" - https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog/files/project/pdf/ec1306.pdf