Raspberry is a fruit full of nutritive value, and is also delicious to eat. Proper care of raspberries by freezing them and or by making jams, jellies and other preserves can let you enjoy the fruit throughout the year. However, you need to know as to how to take care of the raspberry plants and points to consider when transplanting them from one place to another.
The most favorable time to transplant these plants is during dormancy as this time is ideal for maintenance of the plant’s health. Also even though raspberry is a tough and persistent bush, the possibility of the raspberry plant surviving a transplant reduces if not planted at the right time and right way.
A good gardener will first decide upon which plant he wants to transplant before the frost sets in. Tipping is a good method of doing this and it is best done in early fall. You will find gardeners thin the plants digging out those they plan to transplant and store the bare-rooted plants enveloped in plastic in peat moss or sand. These are usually stored in garages or outside. One can also leave the raspberry plants outside in the soil and store them indoors just before the last spring rime.
Ensure to take out any old canes from the raspberry bushes you want to transplant. Place six feet under in the soil ends of new canes. Then place a piece of waste wood or a stone over them to secure the cane tips buried under until the ground begins to freeze. In springtime, new plants will sprout from few of these cane tips. Remove the new plants from the canes and plant them independently by themselves.
Immediately after digging out the new plant, immerse its roots in a container of water. Ensure that you dig fresh holes big enough for the roots to not get crowded and at least one to two inches deeper than its previous location. Pour water in the holes and it seep halfway down.
Place the new raspberry plant in the hole and level the hole by filling it up with soil. Tap it down carefully so that while draining out of water no dry air-space is formed. Trim every cane up to six to eight inches long. It is not necessary to trim the small new plants. Recheck if the plants are tamped properly and make sure to keep the soil moist consistently for a minimum of 7 to 8 days. This will help roots to establish well in the new soil and also show healthy growth in the plant. It will benefit to keep the soil moist for any period when there is a dry spells.
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