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Or­der dor­mant sum­mer- and au­tumn-fruit­ing cul­ti­vars now, as bare­root canes for de­liv­ery late Novem­ber to March

Garden Answers (UK) - - Gourmet Grower -

1 Un­wrap canes

As soon as they ar­rive, un­wrap and soak roots in a bucket of wa­ter for half an hour. Only plant if the soil is work­able and not frozen; oth­er­wise plant shal­lowly in a nurs­ery bed or pot.

2 Plant canes

Space them 45-60cm (18-24in) apart in rows 1.8m (6ft) apart. Don’t bury too deeply – use the stem’s old soil mark to guide plant­ing depth. Prune back each cane to 25cm (10in).

3 Wa­ter in

Fin­ish by wa­ter­ing in and mulching around the canes with well-rot­ted or­ganic mat­ter. You’ll also need to wa­ter dur­ing dry spells in their first spring and sum­mer.

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