You want to save it. The potted raspberry plant that you have grown with love and care. But winter is approaching, and you know that the drop in temperature will kill the plant. Don’t worry. You can overwinter the potted raspberries and help them grow again next season. In this post, we describe in detail all the steps to overwinter the raspberry plant in a pot. We also explain when you can move the plant outdoors for the next growing season.
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Overwintering raspberries in a pot
To overwinter a potted raspberry plant, move the plant to an unheated garage or a sheltered area that will protect the plant from wind and cold. Cover the potting soil with sand or bark to insulate it. Provide the plant with some water, but not too much. Do not prune the plant before the end of winter.
Bring the potted plant indoors
You need to bring raspberries that are planted in pots indoors before winter comes and the plants freeze. If you bring your potted raspberry plant indoors, you don’t need to keep it in a heated room because it is not actively growing and therefore does not need to be exposed to heat. You just need to protect it from snow and frost. Bring your raspberry plant into your garage or place it in a sheltered, unheated area. A shed or an unheated, enclosed patio that you don’t use in the winter are good places to put the plant in a pot. Do not move the plant outdoors until after winter.
Cover the potting soil with sand or bark.
After bringing your raspberry potted plant indoors, place the pot with the plant in a larger bucket or pot with a small amount of sand or bark at the bottom. Then cover the sides and the rest of the bucket with sand or bark until the soil is covered with it, but not the raspberry plant itself. Make sure that the plant is protected and that frost cannot affect it. After you have covered your container plant, it is ready for the winter.
Wintering raspberries: How often to water
If you are winterizing raspberries, you will need to water them, but not as often as when they are outside and actively growing. You should water your winterized potted plants once a week. Raspberry plants are dormant in the winter, so they are not actively growing and do not need as much water as they do in the spring and summer, especially because the temperature in the garage is relatively controlled. Wait until the soil is almost completely dry before giving water to your overwintered plant. When winter is over and you bring your raspberry potted plant back outside, you will need to water it more frequently because of the extra sunlight and because it is leaving its dormant stage and actively growing again.
When to prune your potted raspberry plant
You should not prune your raspberry plant before you prepare it for the onset of winter. Instead, prune it at the very end of winter, just before spring begins and before you bring it back outdoors. Cut the branches back as far as they need to be at the end of winter, making sure they are not unmanageable and not too crowded. When pruning your plant, be sure to remove any branches that have been damaged or affected by disease during the winter.
Now that you know how to prepare your raspberry plant for the winter , you can ensure that they survive the winter and you can enjoy years of homegrown raspberries, even if it gets cold in the winter. It’s very easy to prepare potted raspberry plants for winter, and you can forget about them most of the time after you bring them indoors, because they don’t need frequent watering and you don’t need to add fertilizer to the soil.
Bring the plants back outside
Don’t forget to bring your potted raspberry plant back outside after winter, or you probably won’t be able to enjoy raspberries from it when you want to. That’s because it hasn’t had enough time to properly prepare for raspberry growth. However, you will probably get to enjoy raspberries later in the season, but you may have to do a little more work during the growing season.
First, expose the soil of your potted raspberry plant until you can remove the plant from the sand or bark bucket you placed it in. After removing your plant from the material, place it in a larger pot. This will allow the roots to spread and the plant will thrive.
Do not bring your plants outside if there is a chance they will freeze during the night. If you take your potted raspberry plant outside and it freezes, it will likely be damaged and will no longer bear raspberries. When you bring your plant outside after winter, place it in a sunny spot with enough room for the branches to sprout.