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When to Move Raspberry Plants?

Updated February 21, 2017

A delicious and nutritious crop of raspberries can last the whole year by freezing and making preserves, jams and jellies. However, you must know how to care for your raspberry plants to even get to that stage. Though the raspberry is actually a hardy and persistent weed, you can kill a raspberry plant if you do not transplant it during dormancy, the best time for maintenance to maintain the health of the plant.

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Best Time

Transplant raspberry plants in early spring just after the ground thaws. The raspberry plant should be dormant at this time, minimising long-term damage to the roots and the potential for shock. Once spring warms up, the raspberry plant resumes its growth cycle.


Despite the fact that raspberries are fairly hardy and resilient, you can transplant raspberries at the wrong time and kill them. Since raspberries bloom and bear fruit from spring through early fall, many people transplant them in mid-fall. This is a bad time, as transplanting in the fall will most likely kill the plants.


Just after the ground warms up after the last thaw, carefully dig out the raspberry plant out of the ground, allowing plenty space for the root structure relative to the raspberry plant size. Planting near the end of its dormant cycle allows the plant to endure transplanting with ease. Choose a new location that is in full sun with well-draining soil and lots of organic matter to fertilise the plant and foster new blooms and fruit.


When transplanting a raspberry plant in a warm planting zone such as in the southwestern United States, you can transplant in fall. Considering the very different autumn and winter seasons experienced in the southwest, this only works for sunny, dry climates found in New Mexico, Arizona or parts of southern California.

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About the Author

Based in Southern California, Daniel Holzer has been a freelance writer specializing in labor issues, personal finance and green living since 2004. His recent work has appeared online at Green Your Apartment and other websites. Holzer studied English literature at California State University, Fullerton.

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