- Choose a location with well-draining soil, full sun to partial shade, and away from any wild raspberry plants to avoid the spread of disease.
- Prepare the soil by removing weeds, grass, and debris, then amend with organic matter such as compost or peat moss.
- Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep.
- Remove the plant from its container and loosen any tangled roots. Place the plant in the hole and backfill with soil.
- Water thoroughly to settle soil around the roots.
- Mulch around the base of the plant to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.
- Water regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.
- Fertilize in early spring and mid-summer with a balanced fertilizer.
- Prune annually, removing any dead, diseased, or crossing branches, and cutting back all canes to ground level after the fruit has been harvested.
- Apply a fresh layer of mulch each year to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.
- Monitor for pests and diseases and treat promptly if necessary.
Note: Raspberry bushes are either summer-bearing or everbearing. Summer-bearing varieties produce fruit on one-year-old canes, while everbearing varieties produce fruit on both one- and two-year-old canes.