How to Transplant Raspberries
I used to have my raspberries along my garden, with a pathway between my fence and the raspberries. I decided it would look much nicer, and I would have more garden space if I transplanted them up against my fence.
If you are going to transplant raspberries, it is best to choose a time when the ground is not frozen, and the raspberry canes have not leafed out. If you transplant when the ground is frozen, it is obviously harder to dig, but also the roots break very easily. You don’t want the canes to be actively growing when transplanting, so it is better they have not leafed out yet. Given this criteria, late winter or very early spring is usually a good time to transplant raspberries.
1. Prune your raspberry canes back 50%. This will help the canes survive the transplant.
2. Pick a day when the soil is dry enough that the roots come out easy.
3. Get a wheelbarrow filled with good moist compost ready. This will be where you set your transplants into while you are getting ready to replant them. It will increase survivability over just leaving the roots out in the elements.
4. Pre-dig the holes where you plan to put your raspberry transplants. This will save some time of having your raspberries out of the ground. The longer they are left out, the less likely they are to survive.
5. Dig up the raspberries you wish to transplant. Don’t bother with canes that are smaller than the diameter of a pencil. When digging, try not to cut the roots. You will cut some roots, but the more roots you leave intact, the better chance of having a successful transplant. Try to cut around the raspberry relatively far away from the cane with a shovel, trying not to cut roots. Then try to gently pull the cane out by hand to keep the roots intact. They will usually come right out.
6. Then place the transplants in your wheelbarrow full of moist compost to keep the roots shielded.
7. Plant your transplants in the pre-dug holes. Make sure to widen the holes if needed to accommodate the roots. Use existing soil to backfill the holes.
8. Top dress with some of the compost around the canes to give it some fertility.
9. Water thoroughly to establish the roots daily for the next 7 days.