Tips for Growing Raspberries

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Growing raspberries can be both rewarding and challenging. Knowing some straight forward growing tips can help you have a successful crop of beautiful raspberries in no time. The single most important tip to growing raspberries is making sure you pick the ideal spot to plant the bushes. Raspberries need a full six to eight hours of sunlight everyday to help them produce a good crop. Planting in an area that is mostly shaded will greatly affect whether a crop will even grow. The soil the plants are placed into also must be selected carefully because raspberries need a soil pH of about six. Sandy loam soil that is rich in organic matter is perfect for raspberry plants, as long as it is well drained. Soil that stays wet late into spring will not work well for planting. Make sure to spread some 10-10-10 garden fertilizer over the newly planted bushes as raspberry plants need nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to flourish. New plants can be planted at any time of year that the ground is not frozen, but for best results plant them in the spring. One last tip to consider when choosing your planting site is to look back at what other types of plants have been planted in the vicinity within the last couple of years. If tomatoes, potatoes or eggplants have been planted in that location within the last four years, you should not plant your raspberry plants there. These plants can carry a particular kind of root rot called Verticillium that can spread to raspberry bushes and kill them. All wild raspberry and blackberry bushes within several hundred feet of your planting site should also be destroyed to help stop the spread of disease and pests.


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