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Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

Although most varieties of Red Raspberry grow best in the cooler climate of the Pacific Northwest, Raspberries can be successfully grown in California\'s Central Valley and surrounding foothills if you choose a heat-resistant variety such as \'Bababerry\' or \'Oregon 1030\'. These are proven varieties for warm-summer climates that can provide bountiful fall crops of delicious fruits. Although these varieties will tolerate hot summer sun, planting in a spot with some afternoon shade is still a good idea to protect developing fruits from sunburn.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 7, 8, 9
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Buy

    Buy bare-root plants from local nurseries or mail-order sources.
    2. Plant

    Plant bare-root plants 2 to 3 feet apart in rich, well-drained soil in a location with a little afternoon shade. Grow on wire trellis for support.
    3. Treat for Pest/Disease

    To control fungal diseases, spray with lime sulfur during dormancy and again just as the first leaf buds begin to open.
    February
    1. Buy

    Buy bare-root plants from local nurseries or mail-order sources.
    2. Plant

    Plant bare-root plants 2 to 3 feet apart in rich, well-drained soil in a location with a little afternoon shade. Grow on wire trellis for support.
    3. Prune

    If you didn\'t do it last fall, cut back last year\'s canes to the ground for the best late summer and fall crop.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    To control fungal diseases, spray with lime sulfur during dormancy and again just as the first leaf buds begin to open.
    March
    1. Fertilize

    Fertilize with a balanced plant food such as 20-20-20. Raspberries like a slightly acid soil, so use an acid-type fertilizer if your soil is alkaline.
    2. Water

    Water regularly and thoroughly during the growing season. Do not overhead water.
    3. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch to keep soil and plants cool and to conserve water.
    4. Propagate

    New shoots coming up from the ground can be dug with roots and moved to make more plants.
    April
    1. Water

    Water regularly and thoroughly during the growing season. Do not overhead water.
    2. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch to keep soil and plants cool and to conserve water.
    3. Propagate

    New shoots coming up from the ground can be dug with roots and moved to make more plants.
    May
    1. Water

    Water regularly and thoroughly during the growing season. Do not overhead water.
    2. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch to keep soil and plants cool and to conserve water.
    June
    1. Water

    Water regularly and thoroughly during the growing season. Do not overhead water.
    2. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch to keep soil and plants cool and to conserve water.
    3. Protect

    Protect plants from hot summer sun with white shade cloth, if necessary.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for fungal diseases on leaves. If this is a problem, spray with lime sulfur next winter during the dormant period.
    5. Harvest

    Harvest June crop of berries, if present.
    July
    1. Water

    Water regularly and thoroughly during the growing season. Do not overhead water.
    2. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch to keep soil and plants cool and to conserve water.
    3. Protect

    Protect plants from hot summer sun with white shade cloth, if necessary.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for fungal diseases on leaves. If this is a problem, spray with lime sulfur next winter during the dormant period.
    August
    1. Water

    Water regularly and thoroughly during the growing season. Do not overhead water.
    2. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch to keep soil and plants cool and to conserve water.
    3. Protect

    Protect plants from hot summer sun with white shade cloth, if necessary.
    4. Harvest

    Harvest main fall crop of berries.
    September
    1. Water

    Water regularly and thoroughly during the growing season. Do not overhead water.
    2. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch to keep soil and plants cool and to conserve water.
    3. Protect

    Protect plants from hot summer sun with white shade cloth, if necessary.
    4. Harvest

    Harvest main fall crop of berries.
    October
    1. Water

    Water regularly and thoroughly during the growing season. Do not overhead water.
    2. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch to keep soil and plants cool and to conserve water.
    3. Protect

    Protect plants from hot summer sun with white shade cloth, if necessary.
    4. Harvest

    Harvest main fall crop of berries.
    November
    1. Prune

    Cut all canes back to the ground after harvest, if desired. Or, just cut the parts of the canes that have fruited that year, which will produce two smaller crops next June and fall.
    December
    1. Buy

    Buy bare-root plants from local nurseries or mail-order sources.
    2. Plant

    Plant bare-root plants 2 to 3 feet apart in rich, well-drained soil in a location with a little afternoon shade. Grow on wire trellis for support.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    January

    Buy bare-root plants from local nurseries or mail-order sources.

    February

    Buy bare-root plants from local nurseries or mail-order sources.

    December

    Buy bare-root plants from local nurseries or mail-order sources.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    January

    Plant bare-root plants 2 to 3 feet apart in rich, well-drained soil in a location with a little afternoon shade. Grow on wire trellis for support.

    February

    Plant bare-root plants 2 to 3 feet apart in rich, well-drained soil in a location with a little afternoon shade. Grow on wire trellis for support.

    December

    Plant bare-root plants 2 to 3 feet apart in rich, well-drained soil in a location with a little afternoon shade. Grow on wire trellis for support.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    March

    Fertilize with a balanced plant food such as 20-20-20. Raspberries like a slightly acid soil, so use an acid-type fertilizer if your soil is alkaline.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    March

    Water regularly and thoroughly during the growing season. Do not overhead water.

    April

    Water regularly and thoroughly during the growing season. Do not overhead water.

    May

    Water regularly and thoroughly during the growing season. Do not overhead water.

    June

    Water regularly and thoroughly during the growing season. Do not overhead water.

    July

    Water regularly and thoroughly during the growing season. Do not overhead water.

    August

    Water regularly and thoroughly during the growing season. Do not overhead water.

    September

    Water regularly and thoroughly during the growing season. Do not overhead water.

    October

    Water regularly and thoroughly during the growing season. Do not overhead water.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    February

    If you didn\'t do it last fall, cut back last year\'s canes to the ground for the best late summer and fall crop.

    March

    Cut back last year\'s fruiting canes to the ground for the best fall crop, or cut only the top half of the canes that fruited last year for smaller June and fall crops. On older plantings, dig out new shoots that come up far outside the row.

    April

    On older plantings, dig out new shoots that come up far outside the row.

    July

    Cut the parts of canes that have just fruited after you harvest.

    November

    Cut all canes back to the ground after harvest, if desired. Or, just cut the parts of the canes that have fruited that year, which will produce two smaller crops next June and fall.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    March

    Maintain a generous mulch to keep soil and plants cool and to conserve water.

    April

    Maintain a generous mulch to keep soil and plants cool and to conserve water.

    May

    Maintain a generous mulch to keep soil and plants cool and to conserve water.

    June

    Maintain a generous mulch to keep soil and plants cool and to conserve water.

    July

    Maintain a generous mulch to keep soil and plants cool and to conserve water.

    August

    Maintain a generous mulch to keep soil and plants cool and to conserve water.

    September

    Maintain a generous mulch to keep soil and plants cool and to conserve water.

    October

    Maintain a generous mulch to keep soil and plants cool and to conserve water.

    Protect

    When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

    June

    Protect plants from hot summer sun with white shade cloth, if necessary.

    July

    Protect plants from hot summer sun with white shade cloth, if necessary.

    August

    Protect plants from hot summer sun with white shade cloth, if necessary.

    September

    Protect plants from hot summer sun with white shade cloth, if necessary.

    October

    Protect plants from hot summer sun with white shade cloth, if necessary.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

    June

    Check for fungal diseases on leaves. If this is a problem, spray with lime sulfur next winter during the dormant period.

    July

    Check for fungal diseases on leaves. If this is a problem, spray with lime sulfur next winter during the dormant period.

    Treat for Pest/Disease

    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

    January

    To control fungal diseases, spray with lime sulfur during dormancy and again just as the first leaf buds begin to open.

    February

    To control fungal diseases, spray with lime sulfur during dormancy and again just as the first leaf buds begin to open.

    Propagate

    When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

    March

    New shoots coming up from the ground can be dug with roots and moved to make more plants.

    April

    New shoots coming up from the ground can be dug with roots and moved to make more plants.

    Harvest

    When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

    June

    Harvest June crop of berries, if present.

    August

    Harvest main fall crop of berries.

    September

    Harvest main fall crop of berries.

    October

    Harvest main fall crop of berries.

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