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  • Take a good spade full when you move them as you have existing plants.  New ones from a nurseryman will be much more flimsy!

    The only reservation is that if they are very old  they might have virus and it would be better to buy fresh ones.

    If your rasps are cropping well go ahead and move them.

    An expert friend recently  said that although he knew he perhaps should not, he was transplanting as he was redesigning his garden. I know he will take strong plants.

  • IlksIlks Posts: 11

    Hello fellow gardeners,

    I am about to move my autumn fruiting raspberries and also a couple of gooseberry bushes, from what I have read, it is ok to move them now, is that right?

    This is the first time I have done this, is there anything special I should add to the soil when I move them, also is a bag of manure ok for mulch, it's all a bit new to me?!

    Thanks in advance for any response.


    Ilka xx

  • Yes by all means - I did my own raspberries earlier tOday. A bit if chicken manure and boom all done. 

    I tend end to split them after three years and I have found they bumper crop that way. I have done both summer and autumn together. That way there is a nice constant flow of feb berries for the table!

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,153

    Love raspberries too.  We have autumn ones that have been a great success and are thinking of adding some summer ones too.  However, we have been recommended to plant them in separate beds, as the autumn ones are vigourous and send out runners, which will soon swamp the summer ones.

    The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page  - St Augustine
  • Hello.

    So it's late January 2017, strange times of FREEZING weather then mild.  And I don't get many days when I can do any major gardening as juggling family & paid work life.  I want to move some raspberry canes, blackberries, gooseberries & two currant bushes.  Ground isn't prepared.  Yet.  No money to buy any lovely mulch or manure or any soil improver but I do have a lot of (many oak) leaves which I could use as a mulch.

    1.  Can I move the raspberry canes & fruit bushes this week - i.e. this time of year (as I might not get another chance in early Spring)?

    2.  Do I prune the bushes first/before moving them or once I have moved them or because I am moving them do I not prune them at all but wait until next winter/spring - i.e. late 2017 or early 2018.

    3.  Do I use this autumn's fall of leaves (i.e. "fresh leaf litter from 2016") as a mulch or would this do more harm than good?

  • Hoping for some great answers that I can act on this week!

  • Hey exploringmc, what did you do? It seemed that February would have been good to move your raspberry plants, but I have waited too long now, as they are vigorously growing and blossoming soon.

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