The Q&A Archives: Cutting Raspberries Back In The Spring

Question: My raspberry stocks grow so tall that when they get fruit on them they always lay on the ground. Can I cut them back in the early spring and get more and larger fruit?

Answer: There are two types of raspberry plants. On the first type, the canes produce fruit once and can be cut down at the end of the season. The second type produces one crop in the fall and another the following spring, from the same cane. Both types need support to keep the canes growing upright. Depending upon which raspberry type you have, you can cut away the canes (or just the top part of the canes) once they have finished bearing fruit, but I wouldn't cut all of the canes back in the spring. Instead, rig up a trellis or other support and tie the canes upright to keep them from sprawling all over the ground. After the canes have produced fruit you can cut them down. When new shoots appear from the roots, tie them to the supporting trellis. Enjoy your raspberries!

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