Growing Raspberries In Containers

Have you always wanted to grow raspberries but don’t have a permanent space? Or maybe your planting area doesn’t get much sun? Perhaps your apartment does not have a garden or garden, but do you have a sunny balcony or terrace?

Growing raspberry plants in containers is easy, and if you choose the right varieties, you can even harvest fresh raspberries several times during the season!

There are also practical reasons for growing raspberries in containers:

  • Raspberries in pots can be moved-to a sunny place or a new place of residence
  • Nutrient content and soil health can be monitored
  • Invasive spread is limited
  • Now is the perfect time for growing raspberries in containers! We share the right techniques to get you started. But let’s start with some great
  • suggestions for the perfect container raspberries to grow!

Quick Maintenance Guide

Best Raspberries For Containers

There are a number of newer bush raspberry varieties intended entirely for containers, but traditional summer fruiting and always-bearing varieties can also do well in pots. When choosing your variety, decide when you want to harvest your berries. Summer fruit varieties ripen for a month around the end of June, and ever-bearing varieties shovel ripe berries both in mid-summer and early autumn.

When we think of raspberries, we usually think of the red, bite-sized fruits (Rubus idaeus), but keep in mind that there are other varieties that produce delicious yellow or golden, purple and black berries. I’m often amazed at the sweet, typical raspberry flavor of yellow / gold varieties, because they look like they should taste like something else!

There are many raspberry plant varieties that will do well in a container garden. Planting certified ailment-free plants from nurseries is recommended. Keep reading for some ideas.

Raspberry Shortcake: these bush raspberries are developed to grow in containers. The plants are compact and thornless with a round, bush shape which is wonderful for landscaping. The easy-to-harvest red berries ripen Midsummer. Raspberry Shortcake is self-pollinating and does not require stakes, as the sticks are close together and only reach about 2-3 feet in height.

Growing Raspberries In Packages

Now that you have some ideas for which varieties to grow, here are some tips for growing raspberries in a container.

Preparation Of Containers

Growing raspberries in pots that are wide and deep guarantees that your plants will have plenty of room for new growth and any poles or trellises if support is needed. A stick would do well in a sixteen-inch pot and if you’re planting multiple sticks, try half-barrels or five-gallon buckets. Grow bags are also an option, but may be less stable than a plastic or wooden planter. Remember that containers should have drainage holes or be made of non-woven material to drain excess water. Raspberries hate wet legs.”

Summer-bearing varieties need support because their sticks tend to be larger and will bend with summer fruit. There are many options for supporting your canes. Depending on the shape of your container, tomato cages work well. A simpler, budget-friendly option is to stake tall garden stakes in the perimeter of each container and tie rope around them at different heights for support.

Planting Raspberries

Raspberries are sold as dormant bare or living potted plants. Bare rhizomes look rather meager and unimpressive, and you may feel the urge to pack more than one stick in a small container. For Plant Health and dynamite berry production, stick to one stick per sixteen-inch container, and several sticks per 5-gallon container or larger.

Once you’ve put the modified potting soil mixture together in your container, make a hole large enough for your bare plant to sit comfortably without displacing its roots. The soil should cover the plant about 1 to 3 centimeters above the roots. Gently press the soil around the roots and water well. Be sure to add more soil if you notice the soil settling low after watering.

Sunlight And Temperature

Raspberries can tolerate partial shade, but your berry harvest will be much better if you can find full sun. That said, raspberries are sensitive to high temperatures and do best in growing zones 4-8. Specific varieties have been developed that thrive in zone 9 and above, so when purchasing your plants, make sure they are well suited to your zone.


Generally, a container garden requires more water than plants grown in the ground due to exposure to and less protection from the elements. Avoid planting in unglazed terracotta pots, as they especially quickly drain moisture from the soil.

The key is to keep the soil consistently moist but not wet. Watering 2-3 times a week is usually enough. In windy areas, hot, dry climates, or during heat waves, you should water your potted raspberries a few times a day. A piston hose can provide slow, deep watering.


Fungal blights such as anthracnose, spur blight, and Reed blight cause spreading pits, spots, and wounds on the sticks and, eventually, plant pass away. Fungi thrive in wet conditions and spread from plant to plant by splashing water. Fungi are difficult to treat and can linger for 2 years or more. Infected sticks should be pruned and finished (not composted). Ailment prevention is your best course: pruning only during dry weather, keeping plants healthy by watering and fertilizing well, and buying resistant varieties.

Botrytis fruit rot (gray mold fungus) affects blackberries and other berries during extensive rainy, cloudy, hot weather. Blossoms and fruits become covered with blurry, gray powder and spread to nearby fruits during picking. Botrytis fruit rot can be avoided. Your containers should have good drainage, plenty of airflow between leaves and plants, and full sun. If you see gray mold on your berries, carefully remove and discard them.