Planting tomatoes near raspberries?

anniesgranny(6b)August 19, 2008

I'm planning on planting rasperries in raised beds next year. I know you aren't supposed to plant them where tomatoes have grown, but I'm wondering if there would be danger in growing tomatoes NEAR the rasperry beds if I plant them in containers. I have four perfect places for trellising cherry tomatoes up the fence, but of course the containers would have drainage holes, so would there be a chance of contaminating the raspberries?



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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

I've never heard that you shouldn't plant raspberries near tomatoes. What are they supposed to do to each other? Your raspberries will be in their bed for years. They should be undisturbed and they need a lot of space because they will spread. So it's best not to plant anything with them. Where the tomatoes go is flexible because they are annuals and can be moved around every year. I would have thought the main problem wuld be that the raspberries would shade the tomatoes out if they were nearby.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2008 at 5:51PM
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You should not plant raspberries where tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, or eggplant have been grown within the past four years, because these crops carry a root rot called Verticillium that can also attack raspberries.

I hadn't planned on planting anything at all WITH the rapberries, but wondered if verticillium could be transferred to them if the tomatoes were close by. I would think, since the roots of the tomatoes would be confined to containers, that there shouldn't be a problem.


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    Bookmark   August 19, 2008 at 6:04PM
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I also read that strawberries are like that too. I put in a large new strawberry bed, and it's in virgin ground. But they're susceptible to verticillium and are at risk when planted in old nightshade beds without going fallow for a few years.

I also read that red raspberries should not be planted anywhere near black raspberries. That red raspberries carry some sort of virus. It doesn't affect the red raspberries, but it can be passed on to black raspberries and they show symptoms. My red and black raspberries are acres apart from the other.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2008 at 9:58PM
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Beeone(4 N. Wyo.)

Tomatoes, potatoes, and raspberries are susceptible to a disease called purple top, along with a number of other diseases they can share, such as verticillium. As a result, if one has the disease and the others are planted in close proximity, it can spread. If they don't have it, then it doesn't matter how close you plant them.

I would recommend a minimum of 4-5 feet between the raspberries and tomatoes, even if they are in pots. A bit more separation would be better, though.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2008 at 2:17AM
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Thank you, beeone. That was my thought too, but I wondered if I was being too cautious.

Annie's Granny

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    Bookmark   August 21, 2008 at 2:37AM
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I have planted my raspberry bushes right next to my black raspberry bushes does anybody know if this will cause a problem? My veggie garden is 4-5 feet away from them in raised beds should I move the bushes or do you think it will be fine. Also I have a grape vine close by would this cause more problems? This being my first time planting berry bushes, I don't want to cause a problem with my veggie garden or grape vine. Please let me know

    Bookmark   April 2, 2009 at 7:59AM
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