How to Prune Loganberries

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The trick to pruning Loganberries, which is a hybrid of a blackberry and a raspberry, is to keep every other shoot growing longer and the rest shorter to encourage more fruit production. Trim back a few branches to encourage energy on growing more berries with instructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening.

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we are going to talk about how to prune Logan berries. Logan berries are so sweet and so delicious with pie or ice cream and I just love them and they grow just like any other berries and when you're actually pruning berries there is a few rules that you should follow so let's go over them. So the goal with berries is to get a lot of growth and so when you're pruning them back you should let them come up and grow and then take two main starts and put them up onto a wire or a fence in any way and then when you are trimming back the different growth you should cut them in an odd even kind of arrangements. So you leave one a little bit longer, one a little bit shorter, one longer, one shorter, one longer, one shorter and you never want to trim out more than one third at one time and the little suckers on the bottom too. It always helps to cut those out because then more energy will come to the top and you'll get lots more fruits. A lot of berries are grown in a two tier system as well. You can do a one tier or a two tier, it's up to you. If you want a lot of fruit or if it is more established you can always add another tier later as they grow taller so when there is a two tier system you just let the main branch grow tall and then you thin it out by taking two main stems and tying them on to the wire or rope or anything that you want and then any branches that come off the top you want to trim them down and again you never want to trim more than one third of the plant at one time and you want to prune when they are not growing and not producing fruit so the best time to prune is in the Fall or in the middle of Winter when they are not growing too much and then that way the next year they'll grow very full and it will force the plant to give you even more berries and you'll have a more successful season the next year. So by taking the time to prune back your Logan berries every Fall you'll find that you'll get so many berries the next Summer and that you can enjoy and you can freeze them or use them fresh right out of the garden.

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