How to Grow Raspberry Bushes From a Baby Root

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Growing raspberry bushes from a baby root requires a few key steps and just the right technique. Grow raspberry bushes from a baby root with help from a longtime gardener and blogger in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Amy from, and I'm here to talk today about how to grow raspberry bushes from a baby root. What you'll need, gloves, the shovel to dig up your raspberry bush, to start with and a flat of soil prepared to put the little pieces in. I have pruners, if I can get them out of my pocket, here, to take the pieces of root off because really what we're going to do is take root cuttings, from one of these plants that's in an established bed. So we can make a lot more plants to share. Now it's important when you choose the plant that you're going to dig up that you choose a healthy productive plant that's doing really well because raspberries do carry a lot of diseases and you don't want to spread those around to other places in your yard or to the yards of your friends if you're growing plants for your friends to give away. So we're going to start by digging up this plant. I have this nice long root and I'm going to be cutting apart in pieces, like this with my pruners to plant and each one of the little sections that I plant, 2 to 3 inches long will at some point, it could take a while, but it will happen, each one will make a whole new raspberry plant and then we'll have enough to share, that will be great. In this flat that I already prepared this is a mix of, of just, you know a little bit of dirt from the yard, compost and then some peat moss and vermiculite to kind of loosen it up, so that it's not, it doesn't, you know bog down and get too tight with it because we have clay here. But, I'm going to take pieces off of this root and I'm going to get rid of that end because I don't want that, but this is a piece that's going to get planted there, this fat one I'm going to plant here. You can actually fill this, they could be much closer together than this, but they just need to go a little bit under the surface and down, each one down in there. A inch or so not too far. So when you have as many root pieces in your flat as you want, you could put twice as many at least in this flat, I have 6 in there, but you could, you know dig up another plant, put another 6 in so you have a good dozen. And, and you want to keep this, you don't want it to freeze hard, you want it to be able to develop fruits. Keep it moist, but not soaking wet, if it's soaking wet it's going to get a fungus in it and the whole thing will die and you don't want that, but keep, but keep it kind of evenly moist a little bit damp. Keep it protected from hard freezes and, and resist the urge to dig them up to look for new roots because if you disturb them, you know it's just not going to work. Just be patient and keep them, keep them some place protected and, and every now and then just look to see if anything is sticking out of the ground and at some point something will be and then you'll have raspberry plants that you can pot up or, or plant somewhere else in your yard, and you'll have even more good fruit. This is Amy, starting raspberry bushes from baby roots.


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