Raspberry failure

Hi, This is my, first post so don't really know what I'm doing, but here goes. I purchased 3 raspberry bare root plants, one for each season. I planted them ages ago but so far there is no sign of life. Is this normall for the first year or have I done something wrong. They just look like 3 sticks in the ground. What should I do? Your help would be appreciated. Thanks


  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    No, it's not normal by now, but I don't think it's your fault. How long ago did you buy these plants? Did you soak the roots before planting? Did you make sure that the ground around them didn't dry out?


  • lucy33lucy33 Posts: 14
    I think it was around march, yes I did soak them. I think I've kept them moist. Not hard in this weather though is it? Any other ideas?
  • WintersongWintersong Posts: 2,436

    The main stems should have woken up by now, but don't despair. Leave them in situ. Raspberries are extremely vigorous and will grow new shoots up to four foot from parent plant, so unless your specimen is completely dodo, you may yet get new growth from the roots.

    Monty says that Raspberries are shallow rooted and don't like competition from weeds but mine grew almost complete neglected, through patches of bindweed in sandy soil and were like a forest in just four years from a single stem, which also appeared lack lustre the first year I had it. image

    Good luck and you've been warned. image

  • lucy33lucy33 Posts: 14
    Thanks. Do the shoots look anything like potatoe shoots cos I had 3 of them quite close to the later variety cane and my mother in law told me they were potatoe shoots which wouldn't surprise me as I hav found a few round the garden where my compost might have had a little bit of potatoe skin. So could I have pulled some up my mistake? I'm sorry if that makes me sound thick but I'm fairly new to this so am still learning.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,705

    Mmm, might have been - never mind, they'll send up some more - they're like that - and yes, they do spread so keep an eye open for quite a distance around them.image

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    Raspberries send up new growth from below the ground each year and there are basically 2 types summer fruiting and autumn fruiting-what variety did you buy?

    You cant really pull up a shoot they are attached to the root and will not just "pull up"-if you did the whole cane would come with it.

    It does not look good but as has been said leave them in situ over the winter -if nothing happens by the spring then they have had it

  • lucy33lucy33 Posts: 14
    I got 3 that were all supposed to all follow on from each other. Will just have to wait a while longer then.

    Thank you to all of you, I really appreciate your advice
  • I have lots of growth this year but no sign of any fruit. Last year was my first time and we got a few fruits but not many. They have spread like wild fire this year and I just hope we get some produce. When do they usually flourish? Is it too early yet for fruit?

  • I've got about 8 canes doing well this year - previous 4 years were a waste of time. I got lots of flowers and was looking forward to a bounty crop ! Alas I only got one raspberry - all the flowers and tiny fruits just shrivelled up. I fed and watered them as well. What am I doing wrong ???

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,705

    Tell us more Marie image  Where are they planted, what varieties, what sort of soil .... 

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • I think they are early summer variety. They're planted in neutral soil, a bit stoney, and get sun in the afternoon. I live on the pennines - so we get plenty of wind. I weed around them to keep the soil clear.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,705

    Sorry Marie - don't know how but this got missed image

    This is what I'd do - I'd cut down the canes that had flowers/fruit on them this year and leave the rest - tying them in to some support.  

    Then I'd give them a good mulching with some well rotted farmyard manure , spreading it around the plants but not touching the stems.

    Now cross your fingers and hope for better things next summer. 

    Good luck image

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
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