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They need humidity from the start. The stalk will die and then you have a 50/50 shot of them growing from the ground. I would now cut them 1" from the soil and put something like this around them. Take the cuttings and also do the same with them all in one container. Our Youtube video shows you how to create extra plants from the cuttings. Give them two weeks with the new set up. Do not let the humidity barrier to fog up or get real wet inside. This will cook your plant. Just create bigger holes at the top until you get that balance. It has to be a big container around it. Not a 16 oz plastic bottle. I hope this helps.  Just give it a couple of weeks. 

Polka raspberries (Rubus idaeus 'Polka') are highly regarded for their exceptional flavor, high yield, and disease resistance, making them a popular choice among raspberry enthusiasts. Here's a detailed description of the Polka raspberry plant:

1. Plant Type and Size:

Type: Polka raspberries are perennial shrubs belonging to the Rubus genus in the Rosaceae family, related to blackberries.
Size: They typically grow to a height of 4-5 feet and have a spread of 2-3 feet. The canes are vigorous and upright, with a tendency to sprawl under heavy fruit loads.
2. Leaves and Stems:

Leaves: The leaves of Polka raspberries are compound with three to five leaflets. They are medium green, toothed along the edges, and have a slightly rough texture.
Stems: The canes are sturdy and covered with fine prickles (thorns), which help protect the plant from browsing animals.
3. Flowers and Fruits:

Flowers: Polka raspberries produce attractive white to pale pink flowers in late spring to early summer. These flowers appear on second-year canes (floricanes) and are pollinated by insects such as bees.
Fruits: The berries are medium to large-sized and typically ripen in mid to late summer, extending the harvest season. When fully ripe, the berries are bright red with a glossy appearance and have a sweet, aromatic flavor. The fruits are juicy and ideal for fresh eating, jams, pies, or freezing.
4. Growing Requirements:

Sunlight: Polka raspberries thrive in full sun but can tolerate partial shade. Aim for at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily for optimal fruit production.
Soil: These plants prefer well-draining, fertile soil rich in organic matter. They grow best in slightly acidic to neutral soil with a pH range of 5.5-6.5.
Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during the growing season and fruit development. Avoid waterlogging, as raspberries are susceptible to root rot in overly wet conditions.
5. Planting and Care:

Planting Time: Plant Polka raspberries in early spring or late fall when the soil is workable and temperatures are mild.
Spacing: Space plants 2-3 feet apart in rows that are 6-8 feet apart to allow for adequate air circulation and room to grow.
Mulching: Apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the base of the plants to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.
Support: Provide support for the canes, such as a trellis, fence, or raspberry-specific support system, to keep them upright and facilitate harvesting.
6. Pruning and Maintenance:

Pruning: Prune Polka raspberries annually to maintain plant health and encourage fruit production. Remove old, dead, or diseased canes in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Thin out crowded canes to improve airflow and light penetration.
Fertilizing: Apply a balanced fertilizer in early spring before new growth starts, following package instructions. Avoid over-fertilizing, as it can lead to excessive vegetative growth at the expense of fruit production.
7. Pest and Disease Management:

Pests: Monitor for common raspberry pests such as aphids, Japanese beetles, and raspberry fruitworms. Use appropriate methods, including insecticidal soap or natural predators, to manage pest infestations.
Diseases: Watch for diseases such as powdery mildew, raspberry leaf spot, and cane blight. Maintain good air circulation around plants and avoid overhead watering to reduce humidity levels, which can contribute to disease development.
8. Harvesting:

Timing: Harvest Polka raspberries when they are fully ripe, typically in mid to late summer. Ripe berries are bright red, easily detach from the plant with a gentle tug, and have a sweet-tart flavor.
Storage: Use harvested berries immediately, store them in the refrigerator for a few days, or freeze them for longer-term storage. Polka raspberries are versatile and can be enjoyed fresh, in preserves, desserts, or other culinary creations.
Polka raspberries are prized for their excellent flavor, reliable yield, and ease of cultivation. With proper care and attention to pruning and pest management, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest from your Polka raspberry plants year after year.

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