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I need to transplant my raspberry bushes, and I understand there is a certain time of the year to do this. Can anyone tell me when this is and the best method please.

Also - will transplanting them affect next years crop?]



The best time to move them is when they are dormant after the leaves have fallen in the Autumn or Winter.

Autumn fruiting raspberries are cut to the ground in February as they fruit on the current year's growth.

Summer fruiting have the fruited stems cut out after fruiting, leaving the current year's growth to fruit next year.

Try not to move them now as they in-leaf.



Thanks for the replies. Mine are summer fruiting, so I guess I'll lose next years fruit - shame.

I have several autumn plants that have grown up from the others at the allotment and are in the space I want for other stuff, rather than waste them , I thought I could transplant them at home ? 

Mine is summer-fruiting.  We transplanted it from a friend's very strong bush in 2012. In 2013, it gave us a handful of berries.  This year, it's looking like lots of berries.  My question is, we unfortunately have to move house soon and I'd love to move with the plant.  Can anyone share if I will be moving the plant too often? Will it likely survive? Or should I just leave it, and ask my friend for a fresh one to transplant in my new garden?



If you move after you've had the fruit then it will be fine to move it.

If you move before the fruit is ready then you can move it, but must be prepared to lose this year's crop.  Before moving it I would cut the canes right down short.


Thanks.  May I clarify, which are the canes? All of the "stalks" including those with flowers now?  The flowers are all in full bloom (thanks to the unusual warmth here) and I may get lucky with the plant having fruited before I move.


Yes, canes are another name for the raspberry 'stalks'.

I'll keep my fingers crossed that you get your fruit - raspberries are my favourites 

I'm about to plant some summer raspberries being moved from another allotment. Do I need to cut them down after I've moved them?



Andrea - I think you're best to cut them down to about a foot, otherwise the wind will loosen them in the soil.

Roger  Brook

Take a good spade full when you move them as you have existing plants.  New ones from a nurseryman will be much more flimsy!

The only reservation is that if they are very old  they might have virus and it would be better to buy fresh ones.

If your rasps are cropping well go ahead and move them.

An expert friend recently  said that although he knew he perhaps should not, he was transplanting as he was redesigning his garden. I know he will take strong plants.

Hello fellow gardeners,

I am about to move my autumn fruiting raspberries and also a couple of gooseberry bushes, from what I have read, it is ok to move them now, is that right?

This is the first time I have done this, is there anything special I should add to the soil when I move them, also is a bag of manure ok for mulch, it's all a bit new to me?!

Thanks in advance for any response.


Ilka xx

Yes by all means - I did my own raspberries earlier tOday. A bit if chicken manure and boom all done. 

I tend end to split them after three years and I have found they bumper crop that way. I have done both summer and autumn together. That way there is a nice constant flow of feb berries for the table!


Love raspberries too.  We have autumn ones that have been a great success and are thinking of adding some summer ones too.  However, we have been recommended to plant them in separate beds, as the autumn ones are vigourous and send out runners, which will soon swamp the summer ones.


So it's late January 2017, strange times of FREEZING weather then mild.  And I don't get many days when I can do any major gardening as juggling family & paid work life.  I want to move some raspberry canes, blackberries, gooseberries & two currant bushes.  Ground isn't prepared.  Yet.  No money to buy any lovely mulch or manure or any soil improver but I do have a lot of (many oak) leaves which I could use as a mulch.

1.  Can I move the raspberry canes & fruit bushes this week - i.e. this time of year (as I might not get another chance in early Spring)?

2.  Do I prune the bushes first/before moving them or once I have moved them or because I am moving them do I not prune them at all but wait until next winter/spring - i.e. late 2017 or early 2018.

3.  Do I use this autumn's fall of leaves (i.e. "fresh leaf litter from 2016") as a mulch or would this do more harm than good?


Hoping for some great answers that I can act on this week!

Hey exploringmc, what did you do? It seemed that February would have been good to move your raspberry plants, but I have waited too long now, as they are vigorously growing and blossoming soon.

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