Growing raspberry plants is one of the easiest and most rewarding endeavors in the fruit garden. The plants grow and establish quickly, they fruit early, and the fruit ripens over a period of time for an extended harvest. Some raspberry plants fruit twice – once in summer and once again in fall before frost. Learning how to grow raspberry plants is as easy as actually doing it. Here you will find advice and understand how raspberry plants grow, so you can feel confident as you grow your own.
In “Getting Started”, learn the importance of choosing a location for raspberry plants that keeps their best interest in mind. A sunny spot with well-drained soil is going to be the foundation for your growing success. Plan to build supports for your raspberry plants, since the canes can get weighed down by a heavy fruit crop. A simple trellis, fence, or even tomato cage works to keep raspberry plants (and the fruit) up off the ground. Space individual plants according to their mature width to avoid crowding and competing for nutrients. Find out about some common soil types, and when and how to prepare your soil for raspberry plants prior to planting. Learn about planting both bare-root and potted raspberry plants and what to expect as they grow under your care.
The “Care & Maintenance” section of growing raspberry plants is where you learn to really take ownership of your raspberry patch. Learn about how much and how often to water raspberry plants to keep plants healthy and avoid water-related stress. Discover the fruiting habits of raspberry plants and how pruning can determine their productivity. Learn when to start and stop fertilizing raspberry plants to ensure your efforts are most effective. Identify some common raspberry plant pests and diseases and how to control them should an issue arise. We even provide suggestions on spraying raspberry plants, which helps control existing issues and preemptively minimize potential problems.
We also include advice in “Other Topics” for things like harvesting raspberries, which is arguably the best part of growing your own fruit – second to eating it! Feel free to jump to any specific article in this guide using the “In This Series” menu, or follow along with the navigation markers at the end of each article.