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Pruning everbearing raspbearries help!

Last year I bought everbearing raspberries (polka) and were doing really well .Now it is time to prune them.I wanted to have crops 2 times so i was told to only cut off the dead parts at the top of the plant.I did it but now it seem like there are just too many plants and i am afraid the crops will be small and sour.Here are some pictures of how they look like after i pruned them.Should i cut any more of the branches or not?And should i leave all the tiny new grown plants that are in the middle of the row or shoul i prune some of them as well?

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,857
    Where are you? In UK Polka is normally treated as an autumn fruiter, and all canes are cut to the floor in January. It does tend to spread a bit. The canes coming up where you don't want them can be carefully dug up and transplanted to make a new row. I dug some up last March that looked like that, and moved them to Mums. She was picking fruit from them in September.  It looks like you have room for more than one variety, so I would be inclined to shear all the old shoots to the ground.
    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Bath, SomersetPosts: 947
    Hello Fidgetbones, I've just planted some bare root "Polka" from Dobies which came with no instructions and their website wasn't really helpful. The canes are 12" to 18" high and I am undecided as to whether to prune them down to the ground as I would normally do (they have already started to sprout. What do you advise please?

  • PerkiPerki Rossendale - LancashirePosts: 1,210
    edited 18 March
    Polka and other late fruiting raspberries are Primocane raspberries, they are cut to the ground level early spring just like Fb said. If you want to double group cut say about 2/3 of the canes to the ground,  and the other third cut about a third / half off the top on each cane, these will fruit earlier than the new shoots growing from the ground. You need to weed around the raspberries as well, they are very shallow rooted so getting weed tangled up with them can cause problems, a mulch is helpful to keep weeds down

    Just plant it Lizzie no pruning and don't plant to deep.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Bath, SomersetPosts: 947
    Thanks Perki.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,857
    I cut the canes down to the ground when I first got them and planted them. I gave them a good mulch and they romped away, giving us a good crop from 12 canes in the first year. Second year we had so many OH got fed up with them, so I froze a lot for use in winter.
    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • SuesynSuesyn Posts: 89
    We have polka on the allotment and cascade delight and glen Moy in the garden at home. We started picking raspberries in June and picked the last in November. There were far more than we could eat, especially as we have strawberries as well so the surplus went into the freezer and we have eaten them practically every day since. I would think that they must be the most worthwhile soft fruit to grow given the price they are in the supermarket and how little care they seem to need.      
  • I'm from Macedonia.I planted them last year they had fruits during the summer but out of 130 plants i could only get about 500 grams every 2-3 days  from june-july and during september-november the weather got colder and one day i managed to get 3kg at once.But during autum i am busy and can't harvest and sell them every 2-3 days.The temperature during the summer is about max 45 celsius mid July and -15 in like January.The seller said the they were either polka or polana type of everbearing raspberies .He didn't know exactly because he mixed up the packages.If i cut them to the floor i was afraid that a lot of them were going to die because of the hot summer weather.I lost about 10-20 plants during the summer.
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