Soil Preparation for Raspberry Plants

Preparing your soil before you plant will greatly improve your raspberry plant’s performance and promote healthy, vigorous growth. We recommend that you have your soil tested prior to planting, and even annually after planting, to determine if there are any deficiencies in necessary nutrients. This will help you determine if you should fertilize to supplement nutrients that may be lacking. You can use one of our digital soil meters to test your soil, including its pH and moisture levels, or collect a soil sample to send to your local cooperative horticultural extension who will be able to run a more comprehensive soil test.

The goal of soil preparation is to give new raspberry plants a strong foundation for their future growth and development. This may include replenishing vital minerals and nutrients with fertilizers or organic matter, and breaking up and loosening currently compacted soils.

NOTE: This is part 5 in a series of 11 articles. For a complete background on how to grow raspberry plants, we recommend starting from the beginning.