The Q&A Archives: Non-producing raspberry bushes

Questioner's Location: Pinckney, Mi
Date: August 6, 2009

Question: I live in SE Michigan. I planted several raspberry bushes 5 years ago. Though they appear to be very healthy, they have never flowered or produced fruit. They are located in a sunny area, and the soil is good. There are bees present. What's wrong with these bushes?

Answer: It sounds odd to me! Raspberry plants produce biennial canes, which means that the first year they are vegetative only and don't produce fruit. The second year, they flower and produce fruit, but then die. These canes should be removed to constantly renew the bed. Perhaps they are setting fruits but the birds are getting them first? Wish I had more ideas to share.

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