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ThebigeasyThebigeasy Posts: 190
Looking at some rasberry plants on ebay but they come dry as bare roots. Supposedly coming to life 10 day after planting and watering, is this about right? Will this be an inferior plant to a potted one? 


  • LynLyn Posts: 22,859
    No, they’ll be fine as bare roots , Although I’m not sure this is the right time of the year, someone else will know, 
    @BobTheGardener is very knowledgeable on the raspberry front🙂
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,928
    The bare root season is generally from around Nov-March.
    My summer rasps. are in full leaf and flowers buds have appeared.
    The new shoots on my recently planted bare-root autumn rasps are about 8" now.
    My guess is it's unsold stock they are trying to shift - that's not to say that there's anything wrong with them though, but I'd imagine they are actively growing now unless they've been chilled

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  • LynLyn Posts: 22,859
    That’s what I was thinking @Pete.8. Mine are about the same. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286
    edited May 2020
    Though the advice above is perfectly sound, I did get some delivered in April. They were still dormant. The very first leaf bud opened on one the other day, the rest are still sticks in the ground.

    I prefer bare root to potted plants. If they take, the root system becomes better established in my experience.
  • ThebigeasyThebigeasy Posts: 190
    It is £20 for 5 canes at 30-40cm each, so worst case they lie dormant for a year is this correct. 
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