Hello, I'm not able to expand my raspberry patch this year but hate to toss the raspberry runners onto the mulch pile. Could I root them in buckets this year to plant out next spring ( a full 11 months in a bucket?)
I have found that rasberry bushes take little effort. Years ago, my daughter and I were hiking we came upon a rasberry patch and she suggested we dig some up and plant them at my wife's house. Thanks to the birds in the neighbor hood. There are rasberry patches everywhere in the yard. Rasberry pancakes are wonderful
If the patck is not too crowded try digging around the runner and leaving it attached to the mother crown turn it back into the patch. This will usually produce a fruiting cane next year and some times on the fall bearing canes this year. I keep the pahtways between rows covered with carpet which discourages runners in the pathway. To start a new row I cover it with mulch material and a strip of carpet all summer. During the dormant period I can transplant crowns into it and use the carpet for the next pathway.
why is the harvest poor for the first few years if you use cuttings? i have lots of raspberries and blackberries on the edges of our farm. they are mixed in with other wild plants and sort of woven into the wire fencing. digging them up would be a pain, plus i am really worried about snakes. they are also very far from where i have my fenced garden so layering is not practical.
can i start them in a sand bed with a mist system? would this give berries any sooner? ty, deb