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I purchased 10 new Malliing Jewel raspberry canes from Hilliers, Bath in December.  The instructions said to plant as soon as possible after purchase.  This I did after Christmas when the weather was better.  I know everything is late this year but I don't seem to have any new growth either on the canes or from below as yet.  The canes had decent roots when planted.  Should I be worried yet? 

I autumn fruiting raspberries and they are not doing anything at present. I cut them down in december. So I would say be patient, they will grow.

Thanks, Malling Jewel are supposed to be summer.  I chose that variety as they aren't supposed to grow too tall and being on an allotment I wanted to avoid them being rocked by the wind too much.  I suppose I'm anxious as I am going to need to dig out my old canes to plant other stuff soon and I don't want to be without raspberries.


Where did you keep the canes until you planted them? 

I'm in the West Midlands, andmy  summer raspberries (Glen Ample) are just starting to show the very 1st signs of life after the winter


sweet p

I was also worried about mine, there were no signs of life at all until a few days ago when they seemed to burst into life and are now growing rapidly. Can you see any buds on the stems ?

Sorry for not replying before now, computer problems.  As at 28th still no sign of life.  There are buds up each cane but they don't look particularly forthcoming.  I kept the canes in their wrapping for a week or so after purchase as it said and then planted out as instructed on the label.  Of course we have had some terrible weather since and I'm now worried it's killed them before they got going.  I haven't checked today and we have had some warm sunshine.  The fact that others are only just showing life is encouraging.  I'll have to keep my fingers crossed.


Hi Lost the Plot - Mine were planted earlier in the year also and I cant remember what type they are!  They havent shown any signs of life as yet either and look like dead sticks!  I'll keep an eye and post if they recover - im well North and it has been a little colder especially at night but everything else is leafing up nicely here in my garden except my canes.

HURRAH, finally today there are signs of life!  Popped over this evening after a day of sunshine and one cane has a leaves nearly open and another I can see a bud just trying to break.  That leaves another 8 still looking like dead twigs but at least there is hope.


Hi Dons1979, I hope yours follow suit, I'm sure they will now.

I'm in the same boat - no sign of life yet but had a really sunny day today so fingers crossed were not too far away from life 



I put 6 additional new canes in at about the same time but only 4 show signs of life.  I gently dug around one of the non-starters last weekend to have a look and it was indeed just a dead stick with signs of fungal decay;  The hard winter may be at least partly to blame.  Don't worry though if some of yours have also died as the others will soon start spreading by underground runners (although sometimes they can become rather invasive!)


Bob the winter really has played havoc with so many different plants hasn't it? Hope the rest come through ok. I always think it's about preparing the planting 'hole' as much as anything -I've had sticky clay in every garden I've had so always  took my time improving the soil before putting anything in and it was time and money well spent. Not always easy to do though when you wantto getsome stuff in the ground!

Hi, last year around sep oct i split up an exesting raspberry cane, and only now have i got some bud's begining to open up, every thing is very late this year.


My poor raspberries have their new leaves but all are showing manganese deficiency  (yellow veins and leaf edges). I garden on sandy soil and all that rain has just rinsed the lovely nutrients out.

May have apply yet more compost and chicken pellets £££;  sprayed them today with a mix of Epsom Salt and miracle gro solution and  just waiting to see if I can bring them back from the brink.




A week later..... and two foliar feeds, plus a dash of  blood, fish and bone around bases has done the job! Green leaves again woo-hoooo 


Marinelilium, if you have an Aldi near you I got a massive (4kg) box of growmore from there for a fiver, it was a while ago, but worth a look.  I always check online to see what they are getting in stock as I've had some bargains from there (three raspberry canes for 3.99), lots of their eqiupment is as cheap as chips and of decent quality.  You could try a JTF if you have one near you for chicken manure pellets, or failing that one of those 'countryside' stores, forgot what the one near us is called, but that's always better value than the garden centre for bits like that.

It's a type of cash and carry, I think they are as far south as Birmingham and as north as Newcastle.  Dead cheap, really good for things like pots and containers, seeds, bulbs, daleks, dustbin burners etc.  They normally have things at a fraction of the price of supermarkets, garden centres etc, BUT it's dependant on them having what you want, at the time you want it.  Or you having the cash at the time they have stuff on sale.  Missed out just after Christmas this year, as they were selling a childrens' outside play gym/den/slide/swing in the shape of a pirate ship for £250.  Unfortunately it was £250 that neither myself or my husband had, so the kids have missed out this year.  Will have to remember and see if they get anything in next year.

I planted 6 autumn fruiting raspberries for the first time late last autumn.  They showed no signs of life until about 3 weeks ago.  The last of the 6 finally produced a very small shoot last week.  None of them have made much growth yet but they are all alive and I hope will begin to grow better once the weather  warms up.  My rhubarb crowns on the other hand, also planted last autumn have only had a 50% survival rate.  Only 4 out of 8 have actually turned into growing plants and even a couple of those seem pretty poor.


Thanx MMP.  I found the blood, fish and bone box in a carrier bag tucked behind two paint cans in the garage....must sort those shelves out.

aldi seem to have some real garden bargains so I will look in next week when I head off to collect my free compost ( last year's  recycled green waste from local authority).

Their compost is lovely, so they must get it much hotter than I can get mine