5 Ways to Prune and Train Raspberries

Discover why every raspberry plant requires difference care in order for it to successfully grow.
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Tall Raspberry Plants Need Adequate Support

Summer fruiting raspberries are tall plants and must be given enough support as they grow. Select the strongest plants, and tie them along wire supports. Summer-bearing canes should be pruned down to the ground after bearing fruit. New canes that have not borne fruit should be left alone: they will bear fruit next year.

Loop Taller Raspberry Canes Over Support Wires

Raspberries are usually planted in rows and trained along a post and wire system. Tie in new season, summer fruiting canes, looping taller stems over the top of the wire in spring.

Prune Growths Back Hard to Few Buds from Ground

Prune the growth hard back to one or two buds from the ground. Always make straight cuts just above a pair of healthy buds to reduce the risk of dieback.

Tie Fall Fruiting Raspberries to Supports

Autumn fruiting raspberries produces heavy crops of large, delicious berries from August until the winter frosts. All the canes should be cut back to just above ground level each February. As new canes emerge in spring they are tied onto wire supports.

Pick Raspberries When Ripe and Use Immediately

Pick juicy looking, brightly colored raspberries, as raspberries do not continue to ripen once picked. The plug or core will remain behind on the bush if the berry is ripe. If the hulls stay attached, it means it is too early.

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