Packed full of vitamins and anti oxidants, raspberries are easy to grow in containers.
All that is needed is the right size pots, the right variety of raspberry. Some soil and the correct amount of sunlight.
Plant between November to March and buy Autumn you could be enjoying your very first batch of delicious, organically grown super fruits.
Hopefully any questions you may have are answered below. Enjoy!
Pot Sizes and Planting for Pot Grown Raspberries
Growing raspberries in a pot or container does mean you will have to provide nutrients by the way of a feed to maximise fruiting and the health of the plant (s)
You do not have to be fancy about your pot. An old bucket with drainage holes drilled at the bottom is fine. Care needs to be taken if using a black coloured container in full sun. Black will absorb sunlight which will dry the plant out quickly. Try shading the pot with other pots positioned at the base to provide shade from the sun.
This type of compost has soil added which is needed for raspberries to grow successfully in pots. A normal compost without John Innes No3 will dry out far too quickly and have nothing for the root to grow into.
Where to Buy and Which Varieties are Best for Containers?
There are fantastic suppliers online here in the UK to buy raspberry canes with great choices of different varieties.
Feeding & Watering Container Raspberries
My advice is to keep an eye of the plant and feel the soil, the top inch of soil should be always moist. Water according to the conditions. No one wants to lose a cherished plant.
If you have a few potted plants and time poor, then perhaps it is worth investing in a simple drip irrigation system. There are some great, off the shelf, simple to setup systems available.
So long as there is adequate drainage in the pot and it is not prone to waterlogging then no, you can not over water. Raspberry plants have a lot of foliage and can dry out quickly in the sun and wind. Water too much rather than too little is my advice.
If you can bear the smell for a few days well rotten horse manure as a top dressing manure has all the nutrients necessary. A mulch of manure will also help with reducing times between watering.[/su_spolier]
Pruning Container Grown Raspberries
Pruning is the same for pot grown raspberries as it is for ground grown plant. as ground grown raspberries. Between November to late February cut all stems down to ground level with secateurs.
This may seem a bit savage, however, as soon as the soil warms into Spring new growth will emerge and shoot up.
This is all the pruning that is required until next November – February.