Growing raspberries

pevis5December 6, 2012

I planted raspberries two years ago. Last spring the plants had multiplied and I expected lots of berries, but only the plants on the end of the plot bore fruit. The rest of the patch developed the beginning of berries but they dried up before maturing. Some of the berries had one or a couple of red pieces. All areas of the garden receive the same amount of water, fertilizer, and sun. What is wrong?

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dmtaylor(5a (WI))

I'm no expert, but I think I've read something along these lines...

I believe some raspberries produce a fall crop AND an early summer crop. The fall crop is produced in year one while the summer crop takes 2 years. It is likely that you are experiencing a small fall crop that isn't reaching full maturity, but hopefully you will get a bigger crop next summer instead. In essence, your fall crop will never reach maturity but your summer crops will. It's just that they're delayed an extra year.

Hope I'm right. Next year you'll know for sure.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 5:40PM
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larry_gene

Is the patch on a slope, did the fruiting plants have the best soil drainage? Did all of the plants bloom equally?

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 11:43PM
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bennylafleur(6 E. Tn.)

I have a similar problem, my guess is too much moisture. My plants do not get morning sun, and stay wet from the dew longer than they should. They seem to have a disease, and are slowly dying out. A few years ago I had a drought, and that was my best year. I have new plants ordered for a new sunnier location. Your plants on the end of the plot produce more, maybe they dry sooner than the others from the sun, or, as stated above, they might have better drainage.

Benny

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 1:14AM
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larry_gene

A raspberry patch that slowly dies out over a 2 or 3-year period most likely has wet root problems.

Even in a small, flat garden area, you will notice some small puddles forming in the same spot in winter year after year.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 11:02PM
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