Caroline raspberry fall bearing?

pylot(usda 9b sunset 17)February 28, 2014

I have a Caroline raspberry patch. I've heard that it is mostly used as a fall bearing raspberry. However, in our garden, it has a huge harvest in June on old canes (seems to me, maybe 5 lbs from a 3 ft by 3 ft area), and then it barely fruits again in the fall. Anyone else noticed this?

1. Is this due to the fact that I keep long canes (5-6 ft tall) over the winter? It seems that the new canes coming up in spring don't get enough light before I prune the old canes in early July, so maybe this is why the fall harvest is practically non-existent.

2. If I were to totally remove all the canes in winter and get rid of the early summer harvest, would I get a similarly huge harvest in the fall?

Thanks for advice!

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drew51 SE MI Z5b/6a

On Question 1, yes they lose some energy and the plant itself cannot concentrate just on new canes. It has to feed the old canes too. So maybe you would have a bigger crop if no floricanes. How much bigger though is the question?

On 2, not sure? I think you need to experiment. They say it should give you a big fall crop. But I think it depends on cultivar. My Fall Gold gives a decent fall crop if no floricanes, or if floricanes. So it makes sense for me to harvest both with that cultivar. I'm confused by the advice myself as I don't understand how 1/3 of the plants (fall crop) will produce more than the other 2/3 (summer crop).
My summer crops are huge!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 5:41PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

If you want fall raspberries you need to prune all of the canes down in the winter.


    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 6:30PM
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I have Caroline in Nor Cal. Gives me fruit twice, cut the top 1/3 off the priomcane after it fruits. Cut the floricane the next year after it fruits. I'm sure the fall crop would be larger with no floricanes but I prefer longer season of raspberries.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 6:38PM
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