[NAFEX] I found a thornless raspberry in the woods

O'Barr, R. D. topgun at otelco.net
Fri May 20 08:43:47 EDT 2005

How about rooting stem cuttings? Blackberry roots fairly easily.
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Subject: [NAFEX] I found a thornless raspberry in the woods

> 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
> area.
> I think that I'll try stooling a stalk in a pot, but
> I've never done it with raspberries.
> Any advice?
> -Nick
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