Raspberry bushes - Knowledgebase Question

Shakopee, Mi
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Question by pamatias
October 18, 2009
I planted a small cutting of a raspberry bush this last summer and I now have two 5 ft long canes. Should I be putting up fencing around it now or wait until spring when it starts to grow again. Should I cut it down to the ground or leave it alone. Thank you

Answer from NGA
October 18, 2009
If you have summer-bearing raspberries, cut the fruiting canes all the way down to the ground. They won't bear fruit again. If you have fall bearing canes, cut just below where they've finished fruiting and the remaining stem will produce a spring crop of berries, after which the entire cane is cut to the ground. Eventually you'll need a fence or a trellis - but not until next year. Hope this clarifies things for you!

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