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Hi everyone, 
Can I cut back raspberry canes after fruiting or are they better left for a time?
(Really untidy after fruiting!)
These are the early one's,  I also have autumn ones that are just beginning to flower and thought it would give more light and space
They've all gone mad this year 🙂


  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 5,224
    From what I have read, the finished stems of the summer Raspberries can be cut back. Some people leave them till February as support for this years growth, but if it's a bit crowded you can take the spent ones off.
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,064
    As mine are finishing fruiting I’m cutting them right down to the ground and tying in the new ones. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • IlikeplantsIlikeplants Posts: 894
    I must have autumn fruiting ones if they’re fruiting now? I’ve had two small handfuls now. Do these just need cutting straight down to the ground when finished?
    sorry to tack my query on.
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,064
    Once all the raspberries have ripened and are picked you cut the stalk (cane) right off at the ground level.
    My autumn ones don't fruit until about September so I don’t think those are the ones you have fruiting now. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • IlikeplantsIlikeplants Posts: 894
    My ones must be confused 😂, too late for summer, too early for autumn. I was unsure and might have only half chopped down some of last years canes. Should I continue to treat these as autumn unless the canes are immature looking.
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 5,224
    I still have summer raspberries fruiting, my Autumn ones are there but not turning red yet @Ilikeplants
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,064
    Why would you want to treat them as autumn fruiting when it’s still summer.  I don’t suppose it matters when you cut them down, only for tidiness,  ‘tis up to you. 
    You can treat the canes how you like, they won’t fruit on the same ones next year anyway.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • seacrowsseacrows Posts: 234
    Our raspberries are truly confused. We have some fruit from the canes grown last spring, some (most) fruit from canes that grew over winter and into spring, and some new green canes without fruit growing now (about to be trimmed as they hit 6ft, got bent down horizontal, and grew another 4ft, they're about to invade the neighbours). This is the purple-ish Glen coe, really sweet.
  • SuesynSuesyn Posts: 650
    It is quite important to know if you have summer or autumn fruiting raspberries as the old summer fruiting canes should be cut down after they have fruited and next year's fruit will grow on the new canes which have already been produced . Autumn fruiting raspberries are all cut down to the ground in February or March  and will fruit on the rapid growth they make over the summer. It probably doesn't harm the plant if you prune them incorrectly but you won't get much fruit.
    We bought what we were told were autumn fruiting raspberries and didn't know why after 3 years we'd had no fruit only to discover that they are actually late summer fruiting, a subtle difference but there was a substantial increase in fruit when we got the pruning right.
    We now have early, mid season and autumn fruiting and can be picking from June through to October. 
  • SendmesunSendmesun Posts: 63
    Peak raspberry picking season here in Scotland on the farms  presumably early fruiting until 1st week in August. Seems early to cut back to me though we are seasonally behind and I have to say I have only picked them not grown them myself (yet). 
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