Hi, can you please advise how to prune my raspberry canes? I grow strawberries as well, but raspberries are a real change. Thanks, Pam.
Raspberries are such great berries to grow, and there are two main types, summer fruiting varieties and then autumn fruiting varieties. Understanding which type you have is important to ensure you do not prune off the fruiting stems in error.
For summer fruiting varieties, prune canes back to fresh buds in late winter. Then, in autumn, prune all fruited canes to ground level. With summer fruiting raspberries, you will always need new canes coming on to provide you with fruit for the following year. Autumn fruiting varieties, on the other hand are much easier to prune as they always fruit on the current season's growth. Simply cut back hard in winter and remove all dead and diseased wood.
Feed both your raspberries and strawberries with Tui Strawberry Food every four weeks during the growing season.