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Autumn Raspberries

3 years ago I planted Tadmor raspberry canes which iare supposed to be Autumn fruiting, but this year they bore fruit in July/August, with no sign of further fruiting.  It has also produced lots of new canes already. As I am supposed to prune to the ground in late winter, should I remove everything then?

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,163

    Don't cut down the new canes but do cut down the old ones. Next year's fruit will be on this year's canes.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    Yes, with Autumn fruiting varieties, if you leave any canes from the previous year, they will crop much earlier (often beating Summer fruiting varieties) but at the expense of the proper Autumn crop.  You may be lucky and still get some very late fruits from the news canes so leave them for now but cut everything down to the ground in February and the new canes that will grow should fruit at the normal time (ie about now) next year.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    pansyface wrote (see)

    Don't cut down the new canes but do cut down the old ones. Next year's fruit will be on this year's canes.

    That is true for Summer varieties, pansyface, but not for Autumn fruiting varieties which should all be cut down in February.

     

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Absolutely.

    And, being woodland plants originally, they respond well to large doses of leaf mould as well as wood ash (for the potassium) as with all fruit.

    I hack all mine down to the ground in February, then cover with as much bonfire/fireplace ash (wood only) as I've managed to store dry over the winter and then at least a couple of inches of leaf mould.  The crops (Autumn Bliss) have been excellent for the last couple of years when I've done this, from about now till the first frosts (although they do lose flavour when the weather gets cold.

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,163

    imageSorry, sorry, put it down to old age creeping on. Mea culpa. Ignore my ramblings hard digger.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
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