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How to Prune Raspberries

November 9, 2016 (Last Updated: March 28, 2020)

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If you grown raspberries, you need to know how to prune them. Raspberries benefit from annual pruning and you will get a better yield when you prune regularly. This post contains tips and methods on how to prune raspberries.

A pruned raspberry bush with just a few yellowed leaves.

We grow a lot of raspberries. In order to keep the raspberries producing every year, they do need a bit of pruning. We prune our plants in the fall,but it is okay to prune in the spring too.

Raspberry canes tied together with string to a post.

Raspberries grow on the previous year’s growth. You want to save these new stalks when you are pruning. For pruning you will want a sharp pair of bypass shear pruners and cotton twine.

Here are the steps we use to prune our raspberries:

  • Remove any old string holding your raspberries upright.
  • Remove all old stalks. The old stalks are woodier than the new growth stalks. Cut stalks at the base.
  • Keep 4-6 new growth stalks. Remove any extras.
  • Tie the stalks together. We tie ours around a fence stake with cotton twine.
  • Cut the tops off the new growth stalks. Ours are cut at about 5 feet tall.
  • Remove all pruned stalks.

Using hand clippers to prune a raspberry bush.

Old raspberry canes pruned down with new canes left standing.

Tying up raspberry canes with string.

Pruned raspberry bushes tied together with string.

Pruned raspberry bushes tied together.

Cut raspberry vines lying on the ground.

That’s it! Not too tough of a task….especially when all I am really doing is taking pictures and hauling away the cut stalks! ๐Ÿ™‚ Pruning raspberries is one of the last tasks we do before winter sets in. It’s a good feeling when we know the garden is ready for winter and the raspberries will be ready for the spring!

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  • Reply
    Kathy @ Garden Experiments
    September 27, 2017 at 6:11 am

    I think this would be similar to what needs to be done for pruning blackberries, which is what I’m growing. I know they also grow fruit on the new growth not the old. I had not considered trimming back the new stalks to a certain height, but this will definitely help me keep them under control. They’ve been going a little bit wild in the past two years. Thanks for the tips and great photos!

    • Reply
      September 27, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      I would love to have some blackberries! I have not grown them before and would be interested in hearing if they respond the same way as raspberries. Let me know how they turn out!
      Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Mike the Gardener
    September 25, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Wow! What a great set of photos. I just pruned mine back. This year was a great year for our raspberry bushes. Pruning them has really spurted growth each of their following seasons.

    • Reply
      September 25, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks, Mike! Pruning is so necessary for a great harvest for next season.

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    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    November 11, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Beautiful pictures and thorough descriptions on how to prune raspberries. We have a couple plants in our front but never done that. We definitely should follow your tips. Thanks!

    • Reply
      November 13, 2016 at 6:25 am

      They need some pruning. We do ours every year. Some choose to do theirs every year couple of years.

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    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    November 11, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I like all the berries. And Raspberries are so delish! How fun that you can grow raspberries where you live! Thank you so much for wonderful tips, Kathy.

    • Reply
      November 13, 2016 at 6:37 am

      Raspberries are one of my favorites!

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    David @ Spiced
    November 10, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this. We have a number of raspberry bushes in our yard, but I don’t think I’ve ever pruned them properly. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      November 13, 2016 at 7:04 am

      You’ve still got time before winter sets in…just think of how great your harvest will be come next summer!

  • Reply
    Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    November 10, 2016 at 6:03 am

    Raspberries are so good! We have some growing wild around here and there’s nothing like it ๐Ÿ™‚ So satisfying picking your own. Thanks for the tips, girl ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      November 13, 2016 at 7:10 am

      I love going outside during the summer and picking some for my breakfast! For now, I will have to settle for the ones we picked and have in our freezer!

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    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    November 10, 2016 at 4:50 am

    How exciting you are able to grow raspberries where you live!!!! They just don’t like the climate where we are and although we try and try and try, few ever have any success. We thought about committing one whole raised bed to raspberries because that soil is imported. And when we do, we’ll know how to prune!

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      November 13, 2016 at 7:16 am

      I hope you can get the raspberries to grow. There’s nothing better than harvesting your own berries. Your girls would love picking and eating them straight from the vines.

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