The Q&A Archives: Growing Raspberries

Question: I would like to know what I should do (if anything) with my raspberry plants so they will survive the winter.

Answer: There are two kinds of raspberry plants; summer and fall-bearing. The summer bearers produce berries in the summer on two-year old wood. The fall bearers are also called ever-bearing. They produce a crop in the fall and again in the summer of the following year. The canes of summer-bearers should be cut back after you've harvested the berries. New canes will grow from the crowns of the plants, which will produce fruit the following season. Simply cut these canes back to 4-5 feet and tie them together for the winter. In the spring, new laterals will sprout, which will produce the fruit. On everbearing raspberries, cut back the part of the cane that produced fruit in the fall. Berries will be produced on the lower 2/3rds of the remaining cane the following summer. Cut the cane down completely after you've harvested both crops. Raspberries have hardy roots and and should survive your winter without problem.

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