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Propagating Raspberries, Part 1: Digging out Suckers

If there’s one thing I love, it’s cheeseburgers.  But if there are two things I love, it’s cheeseburgers and fresh fruit! I can’t raise cows in town, but the good news is I’m pretty sure I can grow raspberries.  And if I can’t well… who wants to live in town anyway?

Last year I planted raspberries around one of the sides of my picket fence.  They’ve really taken off and the fence looks great covered in vegetation, so I’d like to extend that look around the rest of it, but I’d like to propagate the plants that I already have rather than drop a bunch of cash at a nursery. I did some research, and I found that there are a number of ways to grow/popagate/duplicate your raspberry plants, and today we’re going to talk about the easiest of those options.

Propagating Raspberries

Propagating raspberries can be accomplished a number of ways .  If you’ve got the patience of a saint, it’s possible to propagate raspberries from seed. But those of us with things like jobs who just want to nosh on some fruit need a better way. So let’s talk about suckers.

There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute

Well, if there were, we’d be eating a lot more raspberries.  A sucker is a shoot that grows from the base of a plant.  Raspberries propagate just fine on their own by sending out suckers a few inches or more from the base.

So let the plant do the work for you! The simplest and least labor intensive way to grow more raspberry plants is to either let the suckers mature into fruit-bearing plants, or dig them up and plant them in a more desirable location. Just be sure to include enough root to get them started in their new home!