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Anne Gold Raspberry HELP!

I have two Anne gold raspberry plants that I feel are limping along. I ordered them as two year old canes and planted them mid to late spring this year. Shortly after sprouting and putting on leaves I noticed they started to develop brown spots. One of the canes did flower and produce fruit. I treated both canes with an organic insecticide to try and help with aphids and fertilized with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Nothing really seems to be helping them with the brown leaves. They are watered regularly and recently we have been getting a lot of extra rain so I have not been watering. One of the canes did put on some new growth and is starting to bud. Any advice y’all can give would be greatly appreciated. 


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,247
    They would do better if they were not growing through grass. The grass is robbing the raspberry of nutrients and water.  Keep the space around them clear of vegetation and mulch with organic matter to keep the roots cool.  They need to be well watered in this dry weather as the roots are fairly shallow.
  • I’ve been watering about every other day cause I was worried when I read online about they don’t like wet feet. I also bought some mulch to put around them to see if that’s going to help. They are also in some clay loam type soil so I have some nutrient rich sand - I was thinking about digging them up and mixing the sand in the soil and replanting the canes. Do you think that would be a good idea? Thank you for your advice!!
  • pinutpinut Posts: 181
    Identify when your cultivar of raspberry produces fruit and follow the corresponding pruning recommendation for it.

    For example, fruited canes are usually cut down to the ground after harvesting. Didn't one of your plants produce fruit?
  • They are an ever bearing variety. I was planning on pruning them some time in the late fall after they made again if they made. 
  • pinutpinut Posts: 181
    I was pointing you to the answer but you haven't caught on.

    Everbearers bear fruit once at the tips of the cane then the tip dies. Afterwards, it bears fruit further down the cane then the whole cane dies. This happens within the span of two years.

    Basically, you're trying to keep a spent cane alive that is naturally dying. What you should be doing instead is to prune off the dead and dying parts.

    Incidentally, for an everbearer like yours, I usually cut off the cane at planting time and treat it like a single bearer to give it time to establish and become vigorous enough to support "everbearing". A good sign of vigor is if you get multiple canes growing from a single plant.
  • Now I’m more confused. The cane that is producing is the same cane that has produced already. Only one can has produced fruit and it’s producing from the tip again. The other cane has never produced. These canes are only 6 months old. Albeit they did come from a rooted cane that was 2 years old. 

    I was only able to ever get each original plant to produce one cane. I feel like I’m doing something wrong in the care of them or something. I have done extensive googling but to my efforts nothing has worked. 
  • When I planted the original 2 year old canes I did prune them back. The person I bought them from sent canes that were roughly 8 - 10 inches tall and I pruned them back to 4 inches. The canes that I have now sprouted from the original canes. I did not have any canes come up from the roots like google said I should have 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,055
    edited August 2022
    Im afraid you haven’t prepared the area properly so you have been unable to care for them properly. 

    Watch this video to see what you needed to do.

    As a gardening friend often says ‘Fail to prepare and you prepare to fail’. 

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

  • bcpathomebcpathome Posts: 1,250
    They need clear soil to grow properly take away all the grass and weeds from around them .That’s a good start ,then concentrate on the pruning and feeding .
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