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Berry Bush pruning, the hows and whys?

Posted by srj19 (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 20, 09 at 15:21

I have some established raspberry plants that fruit twice in the year. Their just starting to show new leaf growth, is it too late to prune these a bit? What happens if I do it now?

I'm not sure I understand the methods of pruning berry plants, can anybody sum it up in a nutshell?



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RE: Berry Bush pruning, the hows and whys?

If you want to maintain them as twice fruiting plants you'll need to to do regular maintenance pruning. If you didn't do it last fall, you can still prune out any dead canes. Canes that bore fruit last summer will not do so again. Then thin canes so that you have 6-8 per foot of row. If you just want them to produce a fall crop you can simply mow them off in late winter or early spring. If they're starting to leaf out you probably don't want to do that anymore this year. For more info you can go to This is a great website with lots of info.

Here is a link that might be useful: MN extension website

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