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All raspberries will need pruning annually! Raspberries are perennials, however it's important to realize that their branches (or canes) which bear the fruit live for only two summers. During the first year, the new green cane (primocane) grows vegetatively.
This will delay the harvest slightly to avoid the heat of summer.
It's your job to prune out those dead canes each year. When to Prune Raspberry Plants Once your raspberry plants have put on enough growth (which may not be until after their first year with you), aim to prune in the early spring, just as new growth emerges. Prune young canes back until they are around 4 to 5 feet tall. All you need do is tie the canes in at 4-inch intervals along your row and allow them to grow. In the 2nd and all subsequent years, cut the canes down to ground level in early spring.
Sometimes, pruning may seem brutal.
This shall encourage new fruit-bearing canes to grow. In early winter- once your canes have finished fruiting- cut all canes back down to ground stumpmulching.barted Reading Time: 8 mins.
Dec 01, Do not prune them. In their second year, it’s time to start cutting back black raspberries. You will likely get a small harvest of berries in the late spring or early summer. After the plants quit fruiting, you will begin pruning the black raspberry stumpmulching.barted Reading Time: 3 mins.