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John Fulton
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Pruning Raspberries

Posted by John Fulton -

To start with, remove all the dead, short, and weak canes. The large remaining canes are thinned to 4 to 8 inches apart. The canes are cut back to 5-6 feet tall, or if no support is provided 3 to 4 feet tall. The canes that produced last year should be removed any time after harvest, or removed in the late fall. Canes are productive only one year, and the new growth will produce the next year's harvest. The exception is the Heritage, or ever-bearing, raspberry which produces two crops of berries. One is in the fall, and the second is late spring or early summer. The fall bearing tends to be on the tips of the canes, while the spring bearing is the next growing section lower. These berries should have the canes removed after the late spring or early summer crop.

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