Growing Raspberries in Containers: How to Grow & Care Guide

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Raspberries may be grown rather successfully in pots, despite the common misconception that they require a lot of space. Any variety of raspberries can be grown in a container; however, shorter-growing cane varieties or more contemporary compact varieties are preferred.

Ruby-red raspberries are one of the jewels in the summer garden. Gardeners with little space can still have a berry harvest by growing raspberries in containers. No more work is needed when growing raspberries in pots than when they are planted in the ground; they may be cultivated anywhere on sunny patios. If growing raspberries in a container appeals to you, keep reading.

Raspberries Plant Overview

Common NameRaspberry
Botanical NameRubus idaeus
Plant TypeFruit
SizeUp to 6 ft. tall
Sun ExposureFull sun
Soil TypeWell-draining, rich soil; compost mixed in
Soil pHSlightly acidic
Bloom TimeSummer and fall
Hardiness Zones3–8 USDA
Native AreaNorth America and Asia

Growing Raspberries in Containers

Here are some pointers for growing raspberries in a container once you have an idea of which variety to plant.

Container Preparation

Raising raspberries in large, deep pots will ensure that your plants have plenty of room for new development as well as any trellises or stakes that may be required for support. A sixteen-inch pot would work nicely for one cane; if you are planting multiple canes, consider half-barrels.

Recall that to allow excess water to drain, containers must have drainage holes or be made of nonwoven material. Because their canes bend with summer fruit and tend to be taller, cultivars bearing fruit in the summer require support. There are numerous ways to hold your canes aloft.

Tomato cages work well, depending on the shape of your container. Pressing tall garden stakes into the sides of each container and wrapping rope around them at various heights for support is easier and less expensive.

Soil Requirements

Controlling soil composition and nutrient levels is a major advantage of container gardening. In pots, raspberries need soil that drains well, retains nutrients, and is somewhat acidic (pH 6.0–6.2). On the other hand, blueberries need somewhat acidic soil—between pH 4.5 and 5.5.

These containers will work well with any quality bagged potting soil, but it’s crucial to amend the soil with acidifying materials like compost, aged manure, or peat moss. Peat moss helps maintain moisture, while compost and manure can supply vital nutrients.

It would be even better if you could locate a potting mix specifically designed for plants that thrive in acid. Nutrient requirements are completed with a balanced NPK fertilizer.

Planting Raspberries

Make a hole big enough for your bare-root plant to sit comfortably without having its roots crowded after you’ve assembled the adjusted potting soil mixture in your container. The plant should be covered with soil that is one to three inches above the roots. Dig a little hole and water the roots deeply. If, after watering, you see that the earth settles low, be sure to add more soil.

A live potted plant can be transplanted using almost the same technique; the only difference is that the plant needs to be planted at the same depth as it was in the pot. Install your trellises or poles after moving live potted plants or bare-root plants to avoid injuring the roots.

The soil surface can be mulched with wood chips, straw, or any other comparable organic material. Mulching inhibits weed development and helps maintain moisture, especially for raspberries.

How to Plant Raspberries

Raspberry canes, with their red fruits, white blossoms, and bushy, bright green foliage, can make a striking statement in any garden. Don’t worry if images of prickly, overgrown bushes are creeping into your mind; there are many strategies to keep your raspberries healthy.

When to Plant

The early spring is the ideal time to sow raspberries. If you live somewhere with mild winters, you can begin planting towards the end of autumn. Determine when your zone’s last frost date is, then plant after that date to locate the ideal planting window.

Selecting a Planting Place

Even if your garden is prone to partial shade, pick the sunniest spot. If the bushes have adequate room for their canes and root systems to spread out, raspberries can still thrive in these conditions. Additionally, space should be left for the addition of trellises or posts to support the plant as it grows.

Spacing, Depth, and Support

It is important to leave at least 18 inches between each seed when planting or sowing. Because raspberries have rather shallow root systems, seeds should only be placed 2 to 3 inches deep. These plants also need assistance to grow in both horizontal and vertical directions.

Installing wooden poles into the ground with wire between them is perfect for larger raspberry plant rows. Smaller gardens are a good fit for trellises and stakes.

Raspberry Plant Care

Once your plants have taken root in their spacious pots, there are a few things that must happen to ensure a bumper crop.

Sunlight & Temperature

Raspberries can grow in some shade, but optimal berry production requires full light. However, because they are heat-sensitive, raspberries do best in growth zones 4–8. Since many plant varieties are meant to grow in zones 9 and above, when you purchase them, make sure the plants you select are a good fit for your zone.


Plants grown in containers usually require more water than those planted in soil because of their exposure to the elements and lack of shelter from them. Planting in unglazed terra cotta pots is not advised because they wick moisture from the soil very quickly.

Usually, it is sufficient to water two or three times a week. It may be important to water your potted raspberries many times a day in windy areas, in hot, dry weather, or during heat waves. A soaker hose is a handy tool for watering deeply and gradually.


Your plants will benefit from an increase in nutrients if you prepare the soil for planting by adding a balanced fertilizer. A 10-10-10 powdered organic fertilizer applied at planting time in conjunction with compost can help keep your plants healthy for three to four months.

For continuous support, you may also use a liquid kelp fertilizer foliar spray once or twice a month while the plants are still growing.

Fertilize your container raspberries again with the 10-10-10 fertilizer in the spring, after your first growth season. Do this twice, in March and May. Mulch the soil’s surface to manage weeds and moisture, and add compost to the container every season.


Every year, red and yellow variants provide fresh green canes known as primo canes. Primo canes do not yield fruit in their first year of growth. From season to season, they brown and mature, and in the second year, they are ready to yield fruit. Knowing this is crucial for plant upkeep and pruning.

Several times over the season, pruning is required:

  • In the spring, prune any sickly or broken canes.
  • To regulate height and size, mid-season
  • Autumn clean-up, following harvest, to prepare plants for winter

The season that requires the most pruning is autumn clean-up. Trim the big green canes to 4–5 feet, and trim the weaker canes to 1 inch with quality pruning shears. After they have completed ripening, cut brown canes all the way down to the soil. When the weather is dry, prune to avoid being exposed to dangerous fungal illnesses.

Overwinter your potted raspberries in an unheated garage or shed to give them a head start in the spring. They will go dormant if they receive little or no irrigation. In the spring, give your plants a little extra water and move them to a warm, sunny place.


There aren’t many concerns to be concerned about, but they have the potential to grow into significant ones. Find out how to stop these issues before they arise by reading on.


Aphids bite into individual plant cells, sucking on the plant fluids. Your plants may have an aphid problem if you notice curled, yellow, or deformed leaves. Seek out the microscopic insects on the undersides of plant stems and leaves. Using a neem oil spray to control these pests works well.

Damage by fruit worms or raspberry beetles is easily identified. It is feasible to select the microscopic worms by hand, but a Bacillus thuringiensis spray would work better. Bees and other beneficial insects are not harmed by Bacillus thuringiensis, which is approved for use in organic gardening.


Plant death results from the proliferation of wounds, pits, and spots on canes caused by fungus blight such as anthracnose, spur blight, and cane blight. Fungi can persist for two years or longer and are challenging to treat. The best defence against disease is to buy resistant cultivars, water and fertilizer plants properly, and only prune during dry weather.

You can prevent botrytis fruit rot. Your containers need full sun, lots of air circulation between leaves and plants, and proper drainage. Should you notice any grey mould on your berries, take them off and dispose of them properly.


Do raspberries reappear each year?

Yes. Raspberries never go out of style. During the winter, the shrub will go dormant, but the following year, its old primo canes will become floricans, and new ones will grow from the stump. This cycle usually lasts for ten years with proper care, although some people can survive up to twenty years.

Are raspberry bushes easy to grow?

Growing and maintaining raspberry bushes are very simple tasks. Raspberries will flourish and bear fruit for many years if gardeners understand the structure of the plant, when it fruits, and how to offer the proper sunlight, water, support, and soil.

How much time does it take for raspberries to grow?

When planted in their first year, primo cane raspberries are capable of bearing fruit. The second year will see fruit production from florican types. After being planted, raspberries bear fruit from early summer to early autumn.

Can raspberries be grown indoors?

It is uncommon to cultivate raspberries indoors. For them to grow, they require sunlight, pollination, and room. It’s not the best way to develop robust, healthy bushes, but it’s also not impossible.


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