Raspberries - confused from Devon!
Amanda Pope Posts: 16
in Fruit & veg
I really need some advice please, my raspberries are fruiting now and have been for approx 4 weeks and there are lots still to come.....does this make them summer or autumn fruiting and therefore do I prune immediately after they finish or wait until late winter before cutting back?
I grow both sorts, and you can tell the difference at this time of the year by the new canes. Autumn fruiting raspberries produce fruit on the canes which have been growing since the spring, so virtually all the canes will have fruit on now. My summer ones have finished fruiting (though there are some late varieties), and have produced a lot of new canes which haven't any flowers or fruit on - these will produce fruit next year.
Hope this helps!
Thank you so much ....I have looked this up on the Internet and in gardening books but yours is the first explanation that I actually understand and will give me the confidence to cut them back at the right time. Many thanks!
Glad to have been of help!
I was in the same boat last year when i bought both summer and autumn rasps however worked it out after discussing with my every growing net work of friends at my allotment.
Summer rasps are now finished however they will be growing new canes now for fruiting next year. so the canes that produced fruit on the summer ones you can cut back now and leave the new growth that will produce the fruit for next summers fruit.
Autumn rasps are now full of fruit which will produce right up to the end ofOctober and once they have finished you can cut them back and they will grow over the next 6/8 months to produce next autumns rasps
There is no taste better than your own and can assure you that the more the better if you have the room to plant on boundary lines or fencing