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Hello, I have planted my first raspberry bush and it has grown very well. From a £2 8 inch twig to nearly 6 feet already in about 5 months! My question - no fruit this year so do I prune in this manner or leave until next year? Thanks, Luke.


  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    Hello Luke. If you are sure that yor raspberries are summer fruiting varieties then this is what to expect. For the first couple of years the plants will be rather weak and you may get verylittle fruit as they are still just growing and forming roots and stems and don't feel the need to flower.

    In the first two years or so all you need to do is let them grow and just cut off the very weakest shoots down to the ground in order to encourage the strong ones. Do this in the early sunmer  You should be aiming to produce about 8 or 10 canes from each plant. At the end of each summer, cut the canes down to the ground.

    In the third year you should see your first proper crop of rasps. Let them fruit and then, when they have finished, cut them down to ground level. The following year, new canes will shoot up and flower that year and produce fruit that year. Repeat the cutting down each autumn.

    Incidentally, make sure now that the plants a exactly where you want them as their roots are just about impossible to eradicate once they are established and you will have raspberies everywhere ypu move them to!

  • If they are deffo summer fruiting….cut back fruited canes (those who have borne fruit during the current year) to ground level after harvesting; do not leave old stubs

    Select the strongest young canes (those produced this year & are pale green in colour) around six to eight per plant, and tie them in 8-10cm (3-4in) apart along their wire supports. Remove any remaining young stems to ground level.

     Autumn fruiting are simpler, just cut down to ground level in February….this is because they fruit on the current year’s growth.


  • I have pruned out the brown fruited canes. I have some very tall green canes left which are bare at the base and leafy at the tops-should I leave these?
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,705

    Yes, these will give you fruit next year. Give them a mulch over winter and a feed in Spring. Tie the new canes to supports.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Hello my raspberries fruited very well this 3rd year and have cut the old canes down. However the new canes are about 13 ft tall should I leave them or trim them down thanks Glenis
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,705

    What sort of raspberries are they?

    If you trim summer fruiting types you may lose all next years fruit. Tie them on to wires in an arch to make picking fruit easier.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
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