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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● RASBERRIES

It’s now time to prune au­tumn-fruit­ing rasp­ber­ries. Canes need cut­ting to a few cen­time­tres above ground level in late win­ter/early spring.

The plants pro­duce their fruits from Au­gust or Septem­ber on­wards on canes that grew in the sum­mer.

Once you’ve cut the canes to ground level, watch for new shoots ap­pear­ing in late spring and tie them in to the sup­port­ing wires with­out thin­ning. Burn the prun­ings to stop the on­slaught of fun­gal dis­ease such as cane spot. New plants should be cut down to 25cm (10 inches) af­ter plant­ing. While it may not be tech­ni­cally cor­rect, au­tumn rasp­ber­ries could be grown back like a hedge in a bed 30cm (12 inches) wide in­stead of keep­ing them cor­rectly spaced. That way you should get large crops from a very lim­ited space if you feed and mulch gen­er­ously, al­though you will need to thin them out af­ter a few years. Good au­tum­n­fruit­ing va­ri­eties in­clude ‘All Gold’, a yel­low type, and ‘Joan J’, a spine-free va­ri­ety which freezes well.

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