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Reducing the hight of Raspberries Canes

ok, can any one help me on this. The new growth on my raspberries is excessive and just too tail. Can I cut the canes down to a manageable height now even though the new growth has buds on it? Thanks 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,969
    Whereabouts are they planted ... how tall are they ... can you train them sideways along whatever support structure you have?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thanks for the reply
    They are in a raised bed about 2fx2ft and thus they are now spilling over the sides   Not a bad idea to train them but, not possible given where they are located. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,969
    Do you know the variety?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,135
    I have a patch too and I've put in 4 stout 8ft canes buried about 2ft into the soil around the plants then tied thick string around the canes to imprison them and stop them falling all over the place when it rains or wind blows.
    It worked ok last year so doing the same this year.

    Billericay - Essex

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  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy Posts: 6,555
    Raspberries usually need some support with canes as above or better with posts & wires. If they are very tall then the tops can be looped over and tied in, this will give more bud break and fruit. Win win!
    AB Still learning

  • Thanks for all your replies, I seem to have a lot of work to do Cheers 
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 5,228
    The bed might be 2ft @applebyfleming44 but they do need at least 6ft spread and up to 1ft deep an area to grow in.
  • I may be wrong but I had a quick flash of Monty cutting canes back to just above the support wire. (Don't quote me)
  • GWRSGWRS Posts: 8,410
    I cut mine just like Monty just over the top support wire and have done so for many years without any problems . Raspberries are pretty tuff plants 
    Best of luck with what ever you do 😉
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 5,228
    But with the summer ones you loose fruiting cane if cut. Ok if you have a long bed, but if you only have one or two plants that's alot of fruit to loose.
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