The Q&A Archives: Pruning Raspberries

Question: We had a wonderful raspberry crop this spring. Our plants are three or four years old and they have never been pruned. How do I prune them and when?

Answer: There are two types of raspberries; summer bearing which bear once a year on two-year old canes; and fall bearing, which bear twice on each cane - in the autumn of the first year, then in summer of the second year. Summer bearing plants should be cut down to ground level after bearing. New canes will appear at the crown of the plant. Fall bearing raspberries differ slightly in pruning needs; cut off the top of the cane that has borne fruit, and leave the lower portion to bear next spring. Cut the cane to the ground after it has finished fruiting. Hope this clears up some of the mystery for you.

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