Pruning Blackberries/Raspberries for Dummies???
I have read several articles about how to properly prune Blackberries and Raspberries and I'm still utterly confused. Too many terms that I don't understand. Can you guys help me sort this out?
I have two raised beds, around 4x8 each. One has Raspberries plants (one each Caroline and Heritage), and one has blackberries (one each Apache and Triple Crown). Both were planted this spring. Both have trellis' for support.
I do know that I can prune anything that bore fruit this year. I also know I should prune anything that looks diseased.
Other than that, I could use assistance. I'm read some plants should just have their tips pruned, other ones should be pruned down to a foot.
Then, what do I do about all the new sprouts coming up in the bed? Should I remove all of them so I just have the two main plants, or should I just thin them to a certain number?
When should I do this pruning? I'm in central Virginia.
Thank you for the help!