If you’re a fan of raspberries, you know that there’s nothing quite like picking them straight from the vine.
But what do you do if you can’t get your hands on fresh raspberries?
You can always try planting seeds from store-bought raspberries. It might take a little patience, but eventually you might have a raspberry patch of your own.
How to plant seeds from store bought raspberries
There is always an exception to the rule when trying to grow plants from the seeds of store bought fruit and, if you are willing to accept that you may see some disappointments, you can persevere and try to grow store bought seeds.
Here’s what you need to know in order to get started:
1. Start with fresh raspberries. The ones that are starting to go bad won’t have viable seeds.
2. Gently remove the seeds from the raspberries. You can do this by using your fingers, or a small spoon or toothpick.
3. Place the seeds on a paper towel and allow them to dry.
4. Once the seeds are dry, plant them in a pot of compost and cover them with a very thin layer of compost or vermiculite.
Place the pots in a warm place and be sure to keep them well-watered.
If the seeds do germinate then pot them on into larger pots of compost when they are large enough to handle safely for them to develop.
When the plants are 4 to 5 inches tall you can plant them outdoors, in well drained soil, in a sunny position.
With a little bit of patience, you should see your raspberry plants start to grow.
Transplanting your raspberry seedlings
Transplanting raspberry seedlings can be done following a few simple steps.
Here’s a guide on how to transplant raspberry seedlings and then care for them afterwards:
Timing: The best time to transplant raspberry seedlings is during the early spring or fall when the weather is mild. Avoid transplanting during hot summer months or when the ground is frozen.
Selecting the site: Choose a location with full sun exposure and well-drained soil. Raspberries prefer slightly acidic soil with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5.
Ensure the area has enough space to accommodate the mature size of the raspberry plants.
Preparing the soil: Prior to transplanting, prepare the soil by removing any weeds or grass and loosening it to a depth of about 12 inches.
Incorporate organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure to improve soil fertility and drainage.
Digging the hole: Dig a hole that is wide and deep enough to accommodate the root system of the raspberry seedling.
The hole should be large enough to comfortably spread out the roots without bending or crowding them.
Transplanting the seedling: Gently remove the raspberry seedling from its current container or location, being careful not to damage the roots.
Place the seedling in the prepared hole, making sure that the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil.
Backfilling and firming: Fill the hole with soil, gently firming it around the roots as you go to eliminate air pockets.
Avoid compacting the soil too much, as it may hinder root growth. Ensure the seedling is planted at the same depth as it was previously.
Watering: After transplanting, thoroughly water the newly planted raspberry seedling to settle the soil and help the roots establish.
Provide regular watering during the first few weeks after transplanting, keeping the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged.
Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the raspberry plant, leaving a small space around the stem to prevent rot.
Mulching helps conserve moisture, suppresses weed growth, and regulates soil temperature.
Support: Depending on the variety, raspberries may need support as they grow.
Install a trellis, fence, or stakes near the plant to provide support and keep the canes upright.
Care and maintenance: Maintain the raspberry plants by providing regular watering, especially during dry periods. Fertilize as needed according to soil test results or general recommendations for raspberries.
Prune the canes in late winter or early spring to remove dead or damaged wood and promote fruit production.
By following these steps, you should be able to successfully transplant raspberry seedlings and help them thrive in their new location.
When do raspberries fruit?
Raspberries are a summer fruit, so you can expect to see raspberries on your plants from late spring through early fall.
What kind of raspberries can I grow from seed?
There are many different varieties of raspberries, so the type of raspberry you’ll get from planting store bought seeds is anyone’s guess.
You might end up with red raspberries, black raspberries, or even gold raspberries.
If you’re lucky, you might even get a variety that’s not available in stores.
Growing raspberries from seed purchased online
To ensure reliable results when growing raspberries from seed you should buy seeds from reputable suppliers, rather than trying the seed from the raspberries in the grocery section of the store.
Seed from seed suppliers will be certified and will be viable, meaning that the seeds will germinate and will develop into ‘true’ raspberry plants that will produce fruit.
There are several different varieties of seed, from the well known red types, through to yellow and black varieties.
Are raspberries self-pollinating?
Raspberries are not self-pollinating, so you’ll need to have more than one plant in order to get berries.
Having at least two plants will also help ensure that you get a good crop of raspberries, as raspberries tend to bear fruit every other year.
What is the best way to grow raspberry plants?
To be guaranteed of a crop of raspberries you should get some raspberry plants ( or canes as they are also known ) from a garden center or similar supplier.
The advantage with raspberry canes is that they are taken from assured plants that will grow into mature plants and will produce fruit. They are also ready for planting, so no need to wait around for them to grow.
- You will receive healthy bare root plants. We always send extra plants. We want to make sure you are completely satisfied.
- You will see growth within 3 weeks. The most important part of planting these plants is to make sure you have at least 30% sand mixed into the soil.
- Our bare-root raspberry plants will not arrive with any soil when we ship them to you. The plants will be a dormant cane and healthy root systems. They will be packaged with damp strips of paper to keep the roots from drying out*. As much as they appear to be lifeless, they are actually dormant, which is a necessary resting state that helps with future fruit production. As a bonus, dormant plants experience less transplant shock, so their chances of survival are improved!
- Raspberry plants are as simple to grow as garden veggies, like tomatoes and peppers, but they go dormant in the fall and winter and come back each spring to bloom and fruit during the summer and fall!
If you buy your canes in the late summer and get them planted then they will have time to settle in before the winter and will begin to produce fruit in the following year.
How do you care for raspberry plants?
Once you have your raspberry plants in the ground they will need very little care.
They will need to be watered during prolonged dry periods and may benefit from a mulch of organic matter around the base of the plant to help retain moisture.
Other than that, raspberries are relatively maintenance free and will provide you with a good crop of fruit for many years.
Can you grow raspberries in pots?
Raspberries can be grown in pots, as long as the pot is big enough.
A minimum size of 18 inches is recommended, and you’ll need to make sure that the pot has drainage holes in the bottom.
Fill the pot with a good quality potting compost and water well.
Place the pot in a sunny position and keep an eye on the watering, as pots will dry out more quickly than raspberries planted in the ground.
Pests and diseases of raspberries
Raspberries are relatively trouble free, but there are a few pests and diseases that can affect them.
The most common pest is the raspberry beetle, which can cause damage to both the leaves and the fruit of the plant.
Beetles can be controlled with insecticide, but it’s best to avoid them in the first place by growing raspberries in a clean, well-tended garden.
The other main pest that affects raspberries is the raspberry sawfly, which can cause extensive damage to the leaves of the plant.
Sawflies can be controlled with insecticide, but again, it’s best to avoid them by growing raspberries in a clean, well-tended garden.
The most common disease of raspberries is anthracnose, which causes small black spots on the fruit.
Anthracnose can be controlled with fungicide, but a tidy and well maintained garden will help to reduce the risk of this disease.
Can you grow raspberries from seeds?
Yes, but it is more commonly done through vegetative means like stem cuttings or root division.
How long does it take for raspberry seeds to germinate?
Raspberry seeds can take several weeks to several months to germinate.
When is the best time to plant raspberry seeds?
Raspberry seeds are typically planted in early spring or late fall.
Do raspberry seeds require any special treatment before planting?
Raspberry seeds may benefit from stratification, a process of cold treatment, to enhance germination rates.
What type of soil is best for growing raspberry seeds?
Well-draining soil rich in organic matter is ideal for growing raspberry seeds.
How often should I water raspberry seeds?
Raspberry seeds should be kept consistently moist but not waterlogged.
Should I use fertilizer for raspberry seedlings?
Yes, a balanced fertilizer can be used sparingly once seedlings have established.
How long does it take for raspberry seedlings to bear fruit?
Raspberry seedlings typically take 2 to 3 years to bear fruit.
Can I grow raspberries from seeds indoors?
Yes, raspberries can be started from seeds indoors and later transplanted outside.
Are there any specific pests or diseases I should watch out for when growing raspberry seedlings?
Common pests include aphids, Japanese beetles, and raspberry fruitworms, while diseases like powdery mildew and cane blight can affect raspberries. Proper care and preventive measures can help mitigate these issues.