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What raspberry?

I've had a raspberry for about 12 years (from the Pound Shop!), and it fruits in July, then again around September, and can keep going until late October, so I've never known if it's a summer or autumn one, nor the best time to prune it, so I usually cut it back in late autumn and further in spring.
It's been looking a bit crappy for the last couple of years, I don't know how long they live.. any suggestions on pruning time etc welcome!


  • thevictorianthevictorian Posts: 1,048
    If you prune it all to the ground in the spring and it still produces fruit that year, then it will be a autumn based on what I know. We have them as well and they do flower and fruit from July whilst our summer ones have long since finished. We also have some ones we didn't prune, that we know are autumn (autumn bliss actually) and they did produce some fruit really early in the season but the main crop isn't here yet.
    Another way to tell is if there is any growth by the end of the year that didn't fruit, then that should be a summer raspberry as they fruit on last year's growth.
    Raspberries can be pretty much everlasting as they send out runners. Every couple of years we divide them up and keep the newer growth as they are very rampant.

  • Slow-wormSlow-worm Posts: 1,576
    @thevictorian Thank you 👍
  • msqingxiaomsqingxiao Posts: 480
    We have the same confusion. We inherited some old raspberry bush that popped out from nowhere last spring, fruited in late Aug, so we think it's an autumn one and pruned it back to the ground. This year some of it has already fruited and some are bearing green fruits at the moment.

    Yet another new plant labelled as summer-fruiting one I bought this year, is also just starting to bear green fruits...

    Totally confused now.
  • thevictorianthevictorian Posts: 1,048
    We have both summer and autumn fruiting raspberries and the summer fruited very early this year, when we were still in spring, and the summer ones are early as well. There can be some overlap between the two in some years and our autumn fruiting often have a few fruits early on but the main crop much later.
    I don't think it matters to much which they are as long as you remove any canes that have fruited at the end of the year and leave the ones that haven't had any. 
  • I have Autumn Bliss 3 year old plants which have plenty of foliage but no flowers or fruit. 
    The soil is pH 7.0 but have added ericaceous earth around them and fed etc.
    Any ideas please.
    L. Carmalt (Norfolk UK)
  • chickychicky Posts: 10,394
    I have a patch of autumn ones - Polka.  Delicious, prolific, trouble free and don’t need netting as the blackbirds don’t seem to be interested.  All we have to do is cut them to the ground every March and stand back and wait for them to do their stuff.  
  • thevictorianthevictorian Posts: 1,048
    I have Autumn Bliss 3 year old plants which have plenty of foliage but no flowers or fruit. 
    The soil is pH 7.0 but have added ericaceous earth around them and fed etc.
    Any ideas please.
    L. Carmalt (Norfolk UK)

    Hi, they are a later fruiting raspberry and don't normally fruit until the end of august/start of September, but go on into October. We are in Norfolk and have a few of them and they are beginning to flower now. I'd just make sure they are well watered. 
  • SuesynSuesyn Posts: 642
    About 15 years ago I bought 2 different types of raspberry canes from a reputable fruit supplier nursery. I asked for early and autumn fruiting canes and duly awaited the summer and the abundant harvest. 1st year nothing, 2nd year fruit in June nothing later, 3rd year still no fruit in autumn so I did some investigating and discovered that I had early and late summer fruiting canes and had been pruning half of them wrongly. Problem solved, severe kick administered!
  • Slow-wormSlow-worm Posts: 1,576
    @chicky our blackbirds don’t bother either, although I did see Mrs B hop into a tub of strawberries a while back - I wondered where they were going!! 😄

  • Thanks for response. One bush is fruiting but no signs of flowers on any of the others insane row. The growing tips are curling over, changing to light green then drying out. Have used a moisture tester which seems to indicate damp enough!
    Any thoughts or amIbeing too impatient!!
    L Carmalt
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