The Q&A Archives: Rasberries in Abundance

Question: I have quite a few rasberry bushes in my backyard that have never really been taken care of properly (disovered them after I moved in to the house) and the fruit is very small, as are the leaves, and the crop. The bushes are very close together and are poorly trimmed, with dead branches piling on the ground among the living plants. What can I do to reap in a better crop of berries, with much bigger berries?

Answer: You should renovate the berry patch now by removing the old, dead canes and leaving the canes that are producing shoots. Thin the plants out so they're 1' - 2' apart. Summer-bearing raspberries bear fruit on second-year canes. Prune the bearing canes off at ground level immediately after harvest. Leave the canes that grow this year because they'll produce berries next summer.Fall-bearing raspberries can have their canes cut down as soon as the leaves fall in the autumn. They will produce new fruit bearing canes the following spring. Once you decide what kinds of raspberries you're growing you should be able to prune them properly, which will help them grow lots of luscious berries.

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