Last year I planted a raspberry bush (?) in a pot on my balcony. This year some small ones started to sprout next to it. There is not enough space for more than one plant. Or will the parent die soon? They are also too close to the pot wall. What should I do now? Remove them or leave them? Destroy them? Relocate them (is that possible without hurting the parent plant?)?

Sorry, I don't know what the correct term for the babies is. enter image description here

2 Answers 2


The traditional way summer-fruiting raspberries were grown outside in the UK, the suckers are essential.

At the end of each season, you cut off all the old canes that have fruited, and the new canes (your suckers) flower and fruit the following year.

To grow them that way, you don't need to dig them up and replant them. The plant just renews itself with completely new growth every year, and any damage or disease in the old canes gets removed when they are pruned.

Summer fruiting varieties are the most common in the UK. However autumn fruiting raspberries produce fruit on the new canes, and you should cut down all the old canes in winter when the plants are dormant, ready for the new canes to appear in spring.

  • I have a summer raspberry. I knew that I should cut down the old canes and that the new ones will grow berries next year. But I did not realize that the new canes could grow without being connected to the original one above earth! Thank you for clearing that up. :)
    – Meera
    Apr 6, 2019 at 5:25
  • Just to be clear about how to manage them in the pot: will they share roots or do I have to dig out something at some point (like the old canes thing?!) to ensure there is enough space for it to flourish with new canes each year?
    – Meera
    Apr 6, 2019 at 5:28

I recommend digging out the suckers and giving them away to friends, plus keeping some for yourself. Depending on the type, raspberries have a variety of ways they bear fruit. I am not sure you will continue to get fruit from the original plant in the pot because of the way that raspberries grow. This is a great article about raspberries and includes propagation information Fine Gardening.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.