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Tip pruning red raspberries?

Posted by steve22802 7a VA (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 24, 13 at 8:54

Does anyone ever tip prune their fall bearing red raspberries to control height and produce more fruit? I have a fairly long growing season and my new canes will often grow quite tall by fall. Would topping them at 3.5 or 4 feet cause them to branch and produce more fruit instead of getting so tall?

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RE: Tip pruning red raspberries?

It will make your fruit bigger.

RE: Tip pruning red raspberries?

OK, well fall bearing bear on the end. Unlike blackberries, raspberries seem to grow lateral branches just fine, so it wouldn't really help there. But it may give you bigger berries, yes. It will not hurt anything. And maybe some cultivars would grow better laterals. I have only been growing one fall bearer, I added some more this year.
You could also grow cultivars that are smaller like Fall Gold. It rarely get's over 3.5 feet. Great taste too!
I wish i had a problem with a long growing season!

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