I have two raspberry bushes in my back garden that grew from 99p
cheapies from a Tesco sale. This was two years ago, first year didn't
get much but second year they produced really well.
Trouble is they have now grown reaching some 6ft, above my small apple
tree. The bushes are currently bare as its winter and I'm not sure what
best to do? Can I cut these and plant for new bushes, just trim them
back or trail these along the fence horizontally. I'm pretty new to
growing anything and am so impressed they're still alive I'm going to
make an effort to nurture them this year.
Any advice would be appreciated
Standard raspberries bear fruit on canes that are in their second year.
Everbearing rasperries bear fruit on canes that are in their first
year, then again the second year. After the second year, canes of both
types poop out.
For standard raspberries, you can now cut off at the ground all canes
that had fruit last summer. Leave all young canes. For everbearing
raspberries, optionally, cut off all canes. Probably your raspberries
are standard ones.
Some Raspberries produce two crops, one (usually smaller) in the
spring on last years canes, and in the fall on new canes. Some only
produce the fall crop. Both can be cut to about 3 inches, but you
will loose the spring crop from second year canes. If you want both
crops, keep the second year canes until after the berries are picked
and then cut them out. If you have trouble with (spits on ground)
brown rot, it is probably best to cut them all down in the late fall
after the harvest and burn the canes. They like a lot of nutrients so
fertilize them before they start to green up. You could probably
start new plants from fresh new cane ends, but they do tend to spread
like crazy so that is not usually an issue. If you want new bushes to
plant elsewhere, tie a weight to the end of a sturdy cane and bury it
about two inches into the ground. It will root.
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