Pruning Heritage Raspberries

shadygarden_CO(z5 Denver)October 20, 2010

I am planning on pruning my Heritage raspberries, 2 yrs. old, this fall, down to the ground. I only want a fall crop. My question is, Do I wait until all the leaves have fallen, or can I do it now, October 20th? Harvest is over. I live in Colorado, Denver area, and we haven't had a freeze yet.

Thanks for any help.


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I'm zone 6 here..
I have 1 heritage raspberry and 1 ever bearing raspberry. I picked some fruit off it
I will stay tuned in to this...I have no idea either.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2010 at 9:12PM
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glenn_russell(6b RI)

You want to wait until they go dormant... I would wait until the first frost. For me here in zone 6, I usually mow my beds when I do my last round of leaves for the season.... usually around December 1st. -Glenn

    Bookmark   October 21, 2010 at 12:17PM
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oregonwoodsmoke(5 OR Sunset 1A)

Wait for them to go dormant. Right now, the leaves are gathering energy and storing it in the root system for the winter.

Your plants will survive the winter better and come back stronger in the spring if you wait and cut them when they are dormant.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2010 at 2:39PM
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Hi oregon is that basically include every plant like apple trees too that shed their leaves to go dormant. They are storing energy in the roots...taking away from the leaves?

    Bookmark   October 21, 2010 at 10:49PM
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shadygarden_CO(z5 Denver)

Thanks so much, Oregon and Glenn Russell. I knew Gardenweb people would come through. And I will wait until after the first hard frost.

Shady Garden

    Bookmark   October 22, 2010 at 8:58PM
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I wait and do my Fall bearers in the middle of winter when there is little else to do garden wise outside, helps with the winter blues.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2010 at 9:16PM
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