[NAFEX] Prunning Raspberry

Ginda Fisher list at ginda.us
Sat Dec 24 13:07:08 EST 2005

If you get a large crop from the late summer primocanes, it can make  
sense to cut down the canes every fall.  It's easy and can help  
control some pests and diseases.  But if you care about your June  
crop, you need to leave the one-year old canes until they fruit.

I was just reviewing "The Backyard Berry Book" yesterday, prior to my  
winter pruning.  It recommends:

1)  Cutting out the floricanes (2-year old canes) in the fall.
2)  Thinning the remaining primocanes in the winter, to about 3-5  
canes per linear feet.
3)  Topping the primocanes in the spring if they are too long and  
threaten to flop over.

If I remember, I remove the floricanes in the late summer or fall.   
If I don't, I remove them on a warm day in the winter, when I do the  
rest of my pruning.  I just removed them yesterday, and also removed  
all the weak/short/skinny/scarred floricanes, thinned the remaining  
ones to about 5/linear foot, and removed the portion of each cane  
that had already fruited last fall.  (I grow Fall Red, and get a  
substantial fall crop.)

eastern MA, zone 6

On Dec 24, 2005, at 12:41 PM, Bassem Samaan wrote:

> I grow an early raspberry variety, It bears in june, and sometimes  
> it bears a light crop in late sumemr. (Not sure of the name). I'm  
> not sure how to properly prune raspberry, I usually pull out the  
> dead canes in early spring. The bush gets really long in the  
> summer. I've heard of people cutting it down in spring so the  
> bushes don't grow too long.
> Can that be done with an early bearing variety? Or should I wait  
> until after fruiting to cut them down to the ground?
> Thanks
> Bass Samaan
> zone 6, Bethlehem, Pa
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