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.
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.
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.
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! 🙂 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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