In fall of 2010 we purchased a raspberry plant from a local nursery. The longest two canes had leaves with some reddish coloring, but we purchased it anyway to get us started. Research showed that the red color could be a disease that may cause the need of destroying the plant, but not to be too hasty on making a decision, for it also might not be of any concern. We planted it into our “magic” compost to see how it would do.
Research also showed that the ideal way to propagate raspberries was to leave the new shoots attached to the mother plant over the winter and separate them out in the Spring. This allows the extra root system of the mother plant to nourish the new shoots longer before they are set out on their own. Taking a slim shovel, early in the Spring, cut straight down between the mother plant and the new shoots. The new shoots have one main feeder root that goes straight down and were also planted into straight compost.
The red leaves of the mother plant were replaced in the Spring by health, new green leaves. In May, flowers appeared on the two-year old shoots just as they were supposed to, but they never produced more than dried looking flowers. We gave the plants one more year to see if the healthy soil could help bring fruitfulness to the new two-year old canes we would have.
Sadly, these Raspberry plants never bore fruit. As soon as the flowers would begin to form fruit they would shrivel and dry up completely.
We purchased new Raspberry starts – this time Royalty Raspberries from Territorial Seed Company. Planted in our compost one of the plants produced the yummiest Raspberries the very first season – just months after planting the bare root starts!