[NAFEX] I found a thornless raspberry in the woods

leclair at verizon.net leclair at verizon.net
Fri May 20 04:19:30 EDT 2005

While at my parents house, I went walking in the woods
for a little while. I've been going into those woods 
ever since I was a little kid, so I know the area and
what grows there quite well.

Wild, needle sharp, long thorned raspberries grow 
throughout the area, so it was no surprise to me when
I saw a plant growing out from the roots of an 
upturned tree.  

I went over to the tree to investigate why it had
overturned, only noticing that the raspberry stalks
had virtually no thorns (dull, maybe 1/32 of an inch)
until I brushed them away to check out the tree roots 
better.  I then almost immediately forgot about the tree. 

The only difference that I could see between all the 
other wild raspberries and this one, was that this
one was a lot shorter, only about 3-4' tall; though that
could be because of its age, probably being grown from 
seed in bird dropping.  I'm not sure how long it takes a
seedling to grow full size.  If I had to guess, this plant
looks maybe 2 years old. 

Generally the wild raspberries in the woods grow to about 
7-9' tall, and the ones that my mother grows in her 
raspberry patch out in the full sun can get to over 10'. 

The leaves were pretty much the same. The same shade of 
golden brown peeling paper skin on the stalks, etc.

I'm thinking of moving the plant, but I'm also 
thinking that it is only this one single plant and 
I probably shouldn't move it until it spreads, which 
might take a couple of years. But then on the other 
hand, deer and moose might eat it since it doesn't 
have any thorns.  Raspberries don't have thorns for 
nothing, and there's plenty of deer and moose in the 

I think that I'll try stooling a stalk in a pot, but
I've never done it with raspberries.

Any advice?


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