Planting Your New Raspberry Bush


  • 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.


  1. Water regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.
  2. Fertilize in early spring and mid-summer with a balanced fertilizer.
  3. Prune annually, removing any dead, diseased, or crossing branches, and cutting back all canes to ground level after the fruit has been harvested.
  4. Apply a fresh layer of mulch each year to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.
  5. 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.