Raspberries are an easy-to-grow fruit that adapts well to most climates. The perennial fruit is referred to as a bramble for the thorns on its branches, called canes. Raspberries comes in a number of varieties differentiated by the colours of their fruit -- purple, yellow, black or red -- and growth habit of the plants. The plants are also either summerbearing or everybearing. You can easily propagate new raspberry bushes from cuttings.
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Things you need
- Sharp scissors
Clear a planting area in an area of full sun that gets six to eight hours of sunlight daily. Loosen the soil with a shovel and amend it with compost until it is a well-drained, fertile, sandy loam with a pH of 5.8 to 6.5. If the soil is not well-drained, plant your cuttings in raised beds.
Using a sharp, clean scissors take 4- to 6-inch-long sections from the tip of active growing canes during the peak growing season. This would be during late spring and summer. Space the cuttings 2 to 3 feet apart.
Keep the newly planted area free of weeds as these will start to compete with new plants for space, nutrition and water. Mulch area with sawdust or straw to help keep weeds out and conserve soil moisture. Avoid mulching in overly moist soil.
Water well to keep soil moist while cuttings are getting established.
Tips and warnings
- You can also easily propagate raspberries by dividing healthy suckers or the small plants that grow at the base of the parent plant. Using a sharp spade cut away the sucker with some section of the root area still attached. Lift and plant in desired spot. Use disease-free and healthy plants for propagation with cuttings or suckers to ensure healthy new plants.
- Do not plant your raspberries within 300 feet of wild raspberries or wild blackberries, suggests the Ohio State University Extension. Also avoid planting in soil where you had previously grown potatoes, tomatoes or eggplants.
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