Monday, April 4, 2011

My New Raspberry Shrub

I am volunteering at my son's school to help work in their school garden. This is my first year both at the garden but also at the school, so I'm curious to see how the garden looks in mid summer when everything we planted in the spring with the children is growing rapidly. It's mainly a garden full of vegetables and fruits with some attractive flowers and herbs planted among them. The garden has three raspberry bushes and because they send up shoots seemingly everywhere, the committee coordinator told me to take a few home.

I know they need a lot of sun, so I put it in a container so I could move it around as the surrounding trees begin to leaf out. I'm hoping it will survive and flourish in a container!

All the shoots have lots of new growth, so it certainly seems promising. Anyone ever grow these in the garden and/or in a container? Any tips you can offer me?


  1. I haven't grown these, but I do grow a lot in containers - herbs, flowers and veggies. The secret for me is to make sure I feed them regularly (I notice a big difference if I don't). I guess we all need a little love. Good luck.

  2. I bought a raspberry bareroot last year and I planted it in the ground but because of that nasty heat wave we had last year, the poor thing did not make it. Yours looks great! I have no experience growing them in containers.

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving the nice comment. :)No advice to give you sorry, but look forward to hearing how it does for you. :)

  4. I'm happy to find you. It seems you are professional! I will check back often to learn.

  5. Hi Kate, I have never grown raspberries, but my Mom did when I was growing up. I used to raid the bushes daily, when they had fruit. My Mom grew them in long rows with parallel bars running down the length of each row as support for the canes when they were weighed down with fruit. I believe that she removed the old canes each spring. New shoots carried the fruit.
    I hate to be a wet blanket, but I have never heard of someone successfully getting them to grow and produce fruit in a container. Can you find a spot for them in the yard?

  6. Thanks for the thoughts! Sadly, I don't have room for it in the yard. I did get a bigger container today for it, so we'll see. I'll keep you posted!

  7. Thanks so much for linking up to today's garden party & sharing it with your friends...wanted to let you know that i am also currently hosting a giveaway ( )!
    Xoox, Tracie


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