Hi! ...I've got a newbie question here. This morning my wife, in a bit
of over-zealous cleaning up, snipped a large number of red raspberry
plants to the ground in an area next to the house. I live in Southern
California. I know that pruning back berries is normal in winter...but
are these berries toast without any leaves to support them in
summer...or will they come back? Without a root structure, are the
stalks replantable? Is there anything I should put in the ground to
help them? Thanks for any advice.
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Your post makes me think that my wife might be bigamous. We live in Southern
California. A few years ago she did the same thing to bababerries. Of the
various raspberries I have tried, bababerries have the best berries.
Unfortunately, I do not seem to keep them alive. Thus never came back,
I think that the outlook is better for other varieties, but do not expect
any berries until next year's season t the earliest.
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Raspberry plants are pretty danged tough. I'd be surprised if they
didn't come back in fine shape.
You could try to get the stalks to root, but I have absolutely
no idea if it would work. (Hopefully one of the Master Gardeners
will know something...)
Just take the stalks that were cut and either cover them in potting
soil, sand, or just plain water. Keep then moist and watch for root
growth. Once the roots develope, transplant to large pots or coffee
cans for full root developement. With the plants in the ground already
just feed, water and mulch.
A quick and easy way to expand your patch is to just take the tips
or a portion of the stalk and bury it. New roots will form from the
stalk and once that is done just snip the two apart.
.Thanks! I'll try that. A couple hours after this happened I snipped
about an inch off the ends & put a small bucketful of them in
water...so hopefully I can get something going again if the ones in
the ground don't make it.
I suspected that raspberries would root by air-layering, but was
too busy to dig out the reference book and look. Thanks for filling
in that tidbit!
A couple of years ago, I dug up a couple of runners out of the
paths at a friends house, early in the spring. Stuffed them in
pots with some crappy soil. They grew. They thrived. They spent
the winter in the pots, in the coldest winter we've had since
1964, with no snow cover. (I'm in Alaska.) I figured them for
This spring, they threw green growth and looked fine, so I planted
the mother plants _and_ the babies that they produced in the
garden. Now they're are enjoying benign neglect, but their feet
are in real soil & some cow compost, and they are thriving.
Tough little buggers!
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