Raspberry canes planted a month ago look like sticks

I bought raspberry canes from a nursery online. They were delivered last month and I planted them according to directions. They seem to have good roots, but so far nothing has grown on the stick like canes. Are they dead then? Or do they take a lot of time to start growing leaves. My grapevine I purchased at the same nursery is doing well and it came with just the bare stem. We live in Arkansas where there is a lot of clay in the soil, but other things seem to grow alright here.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

The clay could be making it difficult for the raspberry roots to take hold, although they're not particularly finicky about soil as long as it is well drained. Gently dig up a clump and inspect the roots. Look for lighter colored roots that show signs of new growth. Also, there should be some sign of life aboveground at this point, even if it's just a small floret of green by the base of the old twigs. If you don't see that, call the company where you got the stems and let them know.



Luke Miller, editor

Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living magazine


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