The Q&A Archives: Raspberries

Question: I have a bed of Heritage raspberries planted last year. The bed is raised and is 2' by 8' with 6 bare root plants put in. This spring the new growth has gone wild with almost the entire bed covered with new "shoots" ranging in size from 2 to 12 inches. What do I do with the new shoots? Do I pull them out, do I leave them, do I cut them off? I had a small harvest last year and have left the canes for harvest again in the summer.

Answer: You can cut some of the shoots down, leaving some to become new plants. Usually raspberry canes are cut down completely when they've finished fruiting and new canes are allowed to grow in their places. Your Heritage cultivar should produce in the fall, after which the canes should be cut to the ground. Some raspberry cultivars will produce in the spring and in the fall. With these 'everbearers' you cut the fruiting part of the cane off in the fall and after harvesting the spring crop, cut the canes fully down to the ground so new ones will develop.

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