How to transplant raspberries?

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  1. whistler

    whistler Seedling

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    Moving in February (I hope!) or maybe March and would like to take some raspberry canes with me. Currently growing in a raised garden bed except for some suckers that have worked their way up through the lawn. Just want to know if I should just grab a trowel, dig down, and hope for the best, or what I should be specifically doing. Keeping in mind I am not a gardener beyond good at watering plants. There are several varieties of everbearing raspberries and I'm particularly after a bush at the end of the row that produces huge raspberries!

    We're in the Greater Vancouver Area, lots of rain, not really harsh winters though we have had a couple of spells of freezing temps for a few days in a row last week and a few weeks ago. Ground is pretty pliant for digging.

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  3. Cayuga Morning

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    Whistler, it should be easy to do. Raspberries are very forgiving plants. Just go for it! The trick is more in the keeping of them until you can get them back in the ground. For example, don't leave them in an overheated car. Don't let their roots dry out, etc. Dig them up, putting them in pots with enough soil around to protect the roots. Keep in a protected location until you can plant them. If you don't know their final location, just 'heal them in' somewhere & plan on moving them later. Just don't let them dry out, but don't swamp them either.

    I'd be sure to take some of those offshoots in your lawn. They are bound to be pretty vigorous. Do they have roots?
    Good luck!
     
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    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

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    I am sure if you pot them in some large pots they will be great for starting at your new place. I have an everbearing raspberry plant that has survived two years of neglect in a large pot. They are pretty much like weeds in this area. If only all weeds tasted so good. :stew1:
     
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    Thanks for both your responses. Yeah, I'm thinking the just dig in there and hope for the best is what's going to happen! Moving 15 minute drive away so raspberries would probably be replanted the same day, probably in February. Otherwise I'll get some kind of planter for them. Its my way of rescuing them. I bought the plants over the past few years and the house has been sold and its an investment property for the new owners and they're just going to rent. I know renters aren't going to take any care at trying to water any of the berry plants I put in and unfortunately they'll likely all die this summer if long periods of time between rain. I figure I can rescue a few raspberry canes and maybe even take out 3 blueberry bushes that I planted in a different area than the rest of the blueberries and the new owners will never notice. My rhubarb is a family heirloom and I'm taking them with me. Thanks for the raspberry transplant tips!
     

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