HOW TO PLANT BAREROOT RASPBERRY CANES
1 Prepare the planting site by digging over
Dig in plenty of well-rotted organic matter to ensure a fertile moisture-retentive soil. Raspberries do best on slightly acidic ground. Remove any perennial weeds and add a system of 1.8m (6ft) posts and wires if you’re growing summer raspberries.
2 Soak canes in water before planting
Once the bareroot canes arrive, between November and March, unwrap them and soak in water for an hour before planting 45cm (18in) apart, at the same depth they were growing in the nursery (look for the soil mark). It’s better to go too shallow than too deep. Allow 1.8m (6ft) between rows.
3 Finish by cutting back and adding a mulch
Prune each cane to 25cm (10in) and finish with a mulch of well-rotted organic matter such as garden compost. Be sure to water during dry spells in the first spring and summer, and top up the mulch annually in late winter/early spring.