How to Prune Raspberries

Raspberries are surprisingly easy to grow considering how expensive they are to buy in the shops. By growing summer and autumn fruiting you can pick raspberries from June right through to October, even November if the weather is particularly good. Summer and autumn fruiting raspberries have slightly different pruning requirements, here I will explain how to prune both types, starting with the easiest.

How to prune autumn fruiting raspberries:

Autumn fruiting raspberries fruit on the current years growth which means they fruit on canes produced the same year. Cut all canes down to ground level in late winter (February is a good time), this helps to encourage fresh new growth (canes) from the base in spring. These new canes will eventually produce fruit in late summer/autumn.

Autumn fruiting raspberries ready for pruning in late winter
Cut ALL autumn fruiting raspberry canes down to the ground, don’t be afraid they will come back!
Autumn fruiting raspberries look like this after pruning in winter, now is a good time to remove weeds before the new growth appears in spring
After weeding apply a mulch of compost or well rotted manure
Fresh spring growth of autumn fruiting raspberries usually appears late March to April depending on the weather, these new canes will produce fruit later in the year

How to prune summer fruiting raspberries:

Summer fruiting raspberries fruit on canes produced the previous year. When it comes to pruning summer raspberries cut down fruiting canes to ground level after harvesting the berries to encourage new stems to grow from the base. Tie in fresh green growth to the frame support as they grow, these are new canes that will produce fruit the following year so don’t cut them down.

Apply a mulch in autumn or winter as above and try to keep weed free, which can be tricky with summer raspberries.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. annebrooke says:

    Thank you – really useful! xxx

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  2. Neo Trinity says:

    I’ve had them on both my plots from previous owners, I tend to dig them out, as they have been infested with weeds and brambles. Plus they tend to get stolen.

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    1. That’s a shame, I usually end up giving lots away!

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  3. Flighty says:

    All good advice. Mine are a unknown mix so I prune them all in spring taking out dead, weak and unwanted stems once new growth appears. xx

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  4. Sue Garrett says:

    I pruned my summer ones once they had fruited but I don’t do the autumn one until they start shooting so that the old stems give some protection

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    1. The mulch protects the new shoots, I’ve noticed my raspberries produce far more newer canes from the base this way.

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