Perfect pruning

Hannah Stephenson reveals how to make the most out of your next batch of raspberry plants

Your raspberry harvest may have long since finished, but you need to prune your autumn fruiting canes now for the best chance of a good crop next season. Raspberry pruning is pretty straightforward. The autumn-fruiting varieties carry their fruit on the current season’s growth, so just cut all the canes down to ground level during the dormant season.

Pull out any weeds growing around the canes and mulch the bed thickly with well-rotted compost to give the plants some energy to produce new shoots, which will be pushing through in another four to six weeks.

Autumn-fruiting raspberries don’t need supporting as they only grow about 90cm (3ft) tall. Good varieties include ‘All Gold’, which produces unusual yellow fruits, and ‘Joan J’, a spine-free variety with a long picking season, from July or August until the first frosts.


Do you grow raspberries?  Which varieties do you grow?



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