Autumn Raspberries

Starting and Growing Fall Raspberries

Raspberries ripen throughout the summer and early fall. Ever-bearing aka Fall Bearing varieties will yield both a summer and fall crop. Many feel the fall crop is the highest quality. The fall crop generally appears on new canes. Maintenance such as regular pruning will enhance the berry yields and quality. For a single fall crop on ever-bearers, prune out the old canes at ground level once they are finished fruiting.



In all but the coldest of regions hardy Raspberry nursery stock can be planted in the fall - in warmer zones in early winter, right until the ground freezes. The ground MUST be well mulched as an added winter protection, keep it well watered as well. Nursery Stock purchased late in the season can generally be gotten at a deep discount and many online sellers follow suit in discounting their inventory as the seasons end approaches.

You can also start your own Raspberry plants from seed in the fall. Raspberries are normally started from Transplants but seeding will also work when properly done. They can however be started from Raspberry Seeds. [Anticipate that a high percentage will not germinate.] Seeds should be planted indoors in Early Autumn. Fill a starter tray with sterile potting soil in the early fall.


Press 2 to 3 raspberry seeds about 1/4 of an inch into the soil of each cell. The same as planting any other seeds in starter trays, gently compact the soil to remove excess air.

Lightly dampen the soil and keep it moist, but not saturated for the entire germination process. Too much water can lead to fungus and decay and destroy your raspberries before they even sprout. Place the planted seeds in a cool, dark area above 35 �F till germination, which should take about 3 months.

Planting your seeds in Early Autumn will give sprouts in early January - not a good time to plant them outside. Place the seedlings in a warm sunlit and keep them well watered, once again not saturated just well watered. If you have the facilities to do so grow lights would be swell - bit not absolutely essential.


In the early spring, after a brief hardening off period, transplant your raspberry plants outdoors. Don't allow the plants to dry out during planting .The portion of the stem that was below ground is a different color. The hole should be big enough to allow the roots to spread out normally.



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