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Transplanting raspberry bushes

I need to transplant my raspberry bushes, and I understand there is a certain time of the year to do this. Can anyone tell me when this is and the best method please.

Also - will transplanting them affect next years crop?]




  • Hi, Leslie.......yes you can transplant raspberries.

    This is best done in October after fruiting and while there still sufficient warmth in the soil for the roots to re-establish.

    You ask if it will affect next year's crop. If they are autumn fruiting raspberries, the answer is no, if they are summer fruiting you will lose next year's crop.

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    The best time to move them is when they are dormant after the leaves have fallen in the Autumn or Winter.

    Autumn fruiting raspberries are cut to the ground in February as they fruit on the current year's growth.

    Summer fruiting have the fruited stems cut out after fruiting, leaving the current year's growth to fruit next year.

    Try not to move them now as they in-leaf.



  • Thanks for the replies. Mine are summer fruiting, so I guess I'll lose next years fruit - shame.

  • BillyjoBillyjo Posts: 28

    I have several autumn plants that have grown up from the others at the allotment and are in the space I want for other stuff, rather than waste them , I thought I could transplant them at home ? 

  • Mine is summer-fruiting.  We transplanted it from a friend's very strong bush in 2012. In 2013, it gave us a handful of berries.  This year, it's looking like lots of berries.  My question is, we unfortunately have to move house soon and I'd love to move with the plant.  Can anyone share if I will be moving the plant too often? Will it likely survive? Or should I just leave it, and ask my friend for a fresh one to transplant in my new garden?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,852

    If you move after you've had the fruit then it will be fine to move it.

    If you move before the fruit is ready then you can move it, but must be prepared to lose this year's crop.  Before moving it I would cut the canes right down short.


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thanks.  May I clarify, which are the canes? All of the "stalks" including those with flowers now?  The flowers are all in full bloom (thanks to the unusual warmth here) and I may get lucky with the plant having fruited before I move.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,852

    Yes, canes are another name for the raspberry 'stalks'.

    I'll keep my fingers crossed that you get your fruit - raspberries are my favourites image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • I'm about to plant some summer raspberries being moved from another allotment. Do I need to cut them down after I've moved them?


  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,299

    Andrea - I think you're best to cut them down to about a foot, otherwise the wind will loosen them in the soil.

    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
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