How to Prune Raspberries

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To prune raspberries, keep some shoots longer and trim back one-third of the shoots shorter to encourage more lush berry production in the growing season. Trim back a raspberry bush to produce higher-quality berries throughout the years with instructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening.

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Video Transcript

Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to talk about how to prune raspberries. Raspberries are such delight in the garden and they produce wonderful little red berries that are just so sweet and they're great in pies with ice cream or with any other dish and I love love raspberries but they're easy to grow in your garden but there is a few rule that you should follow when you go to prune 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 out on to 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 arrangement 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. 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's 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're not growing and not producing fruit. So the best time to prune is in the Fall or the middle of Winter when they're 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 just keeping the main branches and trimming off a lot of the side growth and the new growth each year you will force your raspberries to grow very full and even the following year and you'll get a lot more berries on your bushes.


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