Raspberry Plants from Gurney's At Gurney's, we understand that growing the sweetest, most flavorful raspberries starts with the right varieties and quality plants. We work with plant breeders throughout the country and grow raspberries in our test gardens--all in an effort to find the best varieties for home gardeners and to offer the best raspberry plants for sale. Then, we go to great lengths to deliver healthy, vibrant raspberry plants to you.
Choosing the Right Raspberry Bush When looking at the raspberry bushes for sale, how do you know the best varieties for you? Start by selecting ones that perform in your grow zone. Some raspberry bushes are very cold hardy and grow well in the North, while other raspberries thrive in the Southern zones. Next consider if you want to grow black, red or golden raspberries. Other considerations are when the raspberries ripen, if they're double cropping (producing fruit twice a year) and if you'd like to try a thornless raspberry bush.
Raspberry Plants: Getting the Most out of Your Purchase To get the best performance out of your raspberry plants, plant them in full sun and in loamy, well-drained soil. Also, provide them with a trellis, fertilize them and avoid overcrowding them.
Getting Started with Raspberry Bushes Raspberry bushes are easy to grow, if you take care with site selection, planting and some basic maintenance. Because they are heavy feeders, we also recommend feeding them with the specially formulated Gurney's Blackberry and Raspberry Food.
Where to Plant Raspberries Site selection is very important when planting raspberries. Raspberry plants prefer and are most productive when planted full sun (direct sunlight) and loamy, well-drained soil. They also need space. Usually red and yellow varieties are planted 2 ft. apart and black and purple varieties are planted 3 ft. apart. To prevent the spread of disease, plant black and purple varieties at least 300 ft. from red and golden varieties. All raspberry bushes benefit from a trellis.
When to Plant Raspberries Raspberry bushes can be planted in the spring or the fall. Planting in the fall allows the plants to put all of their energy into establishing their roots rather than growing foliage.
How to Plant Raspberries Your raspberry plant may arrive as a bareroot plant or a potted fruit plant. If it's bareroot, soak it in water for about 15 minutes before planting. Dig a hole that allows the roots to spread. Many people dig a hole that is about twice the size of the container. After planting, water regularly (about once a week during the growing season).
When to Prune Raspberries Little, if any pruning, is needed during the first few years. After that, annual pruning will keep your raspberry plants productive, healthy and looking good. Pruning is often done after harvest and in early spring.
How to Prune Raspberries Remove the fruiting canes after raspberry harvest. Black and purple raspberry plants can be pruned in the spring, leaving 10-15 buds per cane and four-five canes per clump. Encourage branching by pinching back the tips of black raspberry plants in late summer. With red and yellow raspberries, remove suckers rather than canes from original plants.