Rasp­ber­ries are pro­mis­cu­ous.

Alberta Gardener Magazine - - Local Dirt -

They are self-fer­tile and re­pro­duce pro­lif­i­cally if left to their own de­vices they will spread very quickly. Prun­ing is sim­ple and nec­es­sary to main­tain or­der. Au­tumn-bear­ing rasp­ber­ries or pri­mo­canes are the sim­plest to prune. All canes should be cut down to ground level in late fall af­ter fruit­ing or very early spring be­fore growth be­gins as the plants fruit on the new growth.

When prun­ing flor­i­canes, you only need to re­move the spent sec­ond year canes. They can be trimmed in the fall af­ter har­vest or in early spring when the dead and dam­aged canes are easy to iden­tify among the new sea­son’s growth. Never cut the new canes. Plant­ings can also be thinned out at this time if needed. Ever­bear­ing rasp­ber­ries pro­duce fruit on the top onethird of the plant, trim this off af­ter fruit­ing, leav­ing the bot­tom two-thirds of the plant.

Har­vest­ing

If you don’t want to share with your local wildlife you may want to cover your plants with net­ting. Oth­er­wise plant a few ex­tra and make the birds and crit­ters happy. Rasp­ber­ries are ready to har­vest when they eas­ily come off the plant when gen­tly pulled. Pick and en­joy!

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