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Are My Raspberry Canes Dead?

Hi there

This first photo is of 2 of my 4 Raspberry Canes which 1 in this photo is growing and the other one is (nearest) has a wee shoot coming out of the ground as you can see. The other is a tayberry which looks like its growing ok.

These are the other 2 of my raspberry Canes and as you can see there is no growth at all!

Can any of yous give me any help as why the Canes are doing this and what to expect.

They were planted about 6 weeks ago.



  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge Posts: 2,454
    From the photos I can't see any eyes on the canes waiting to produce leaves which is worrying. Maybe worth scratching a bit their bark to see if its green underneath and thus alive. If they are alive you'll have to provide them some support to grow against as it looks like the front of the bed...but maybe it's a trick of the perspective. Keep watering them well and fingers crossed. 
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,279
    Old canes hanging around from last years lifting. Chances are they are dead, but keep watering for another month. If nothing then, complain to the supplier. Raspberry canes are best planted in Autumn.
  • Sazz101Sazz101 Posts: 245
    I was thinking the same of 4 of my 10 canes last week (Sarah Raven bought last month). One has just shown shoots coming from the base. Don’t give up. They may send up shoots!
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 5,112
    I  thought all raspberries sent up new growth from below ground ( mind you mine are only Autumn fruiting) and not from old canes?🤔 Are they summer or autumn fruiting @nbell744 as it will make the difference between getting or not getting fruit this year. 
  • nbell744nbell744 Posts: 14
    edited May 2020
    @purplerallim I think they are summer fruiting. @amancalledgeorge i scratched the bark and took photos.. there defo green.
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 5,112
    Well you won't get fruit this year then. Just let them grow, give them a frame to hold them up and next year lots of fruit hopefully. 😄
  • BibluBiblu Posts: 27

    @purplerallim, when would they (summer fruiting) usually send up new growth?
  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286
    Really they are fine. They are new canes, I put in 15 in April, only one has a tiny leaf. It's perfectly normal for them to spend time establishing roots.

    The book recommended time for putting in raspberry canes for decades has been March. They are not often available until shortly before, during or a little after March from most suppliers in my experience.
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