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Raspberry patch dying out

Posted by steve22802 7a VA (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 22, 13 at 9:14

My parents used to have a nice patch of red raspberries but in the last two years they have really gone downhill. They are putting up sparse sprouts this spring and I've been digging out dead crowns in many spots. Any ideas what could cause this? I don't know what variety they are although I know they are fall bearing. I think they were originally just passed along from someone else. Perhaps they should start over in a new location with a newer cultivated strain. Any advice?

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RE: Raspberry patch dying out

Raspberry beds don't last forever.......periodically you have to move to a new spot, just the way it is.

RE: Raspberry patch dying out

Thanks, bamboo rabbit, I didn't realize that. I'll explain this to my parents and we'll work on establishing a new patch in a different location.

RE: Raspberry patch dying out

Could be viral also...

RE: Raspberry patch dying out

Could be a disease, or could just be "too damn old". If the patch is 20 years old, some would argue 10 years old, then it needs rejuvenating. If you suspect disease might be an issue then maybe skip raspberries for several years to let the disease starve itself out. If wanting to rejuvenate right away, then at least choose a different spot in the yard.

RE: Raspberry patch dying out

If you do move the patch, I wouldn't recommend using the old plants to start the new patch. buy some certified virus free plants for a clean start.

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