My Jewell black raspberries are now in their third year, and quite simply,
the quality of the berries sucks. Small and unfilled. Did I start out with
diseased stock? Any way to turn these around? These are YEARS I'm wasting
here. My plan so far is to destroy these and plant red or gold. I have first
year Killarneys that look great. Thanks.
Black raspberries should be pruned during their growing year. Black raspberries
fruit on year old canes. While these new canes are growing the year before they
fruit they should be pruned to about 3 - 5 feet tall. Black raspberries fruit
on the lateral branches and therefore the pruning should cut of the the top of
the cane to promote the growth of the lateral branches. I started this a couple
of years ago and it really made a difference in the size and quality. It
actually made the black raspberries worth keeping.
On 7/15/2003 8:44 AM, Ken Anderson wrote:
Thank you all. I've been pretty stringent with the pruning regimen, so I
don't think that's my problem. I just sent an email to our county
agricultural extension agent. If he points me in the right direction, and I
get some good info, I'll post back. Incidently, my red Killarneys, which are
in their first year, are producing a handful of berries and they're HUGE!
Can't wait till next year!
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