One of my 2020 quarantine projects: roll back the overgrown English ivy from the parking strip retaining wall and replace with raspberries! I found this yellow variety which was recommended by some website which I’ve sadly lost track of. I wanted red raspberries but they were sold out. I’m sure these will be just as delicious! I planted them in one of the sunniest spots in the yard, hopefully they do ok – a little shade doesn’t seem to deter the invasive Himalayan blackberries so that gives me hope.
Pruning Everbearing Raspberries:
Do not prune the first year EXCEPT to remove dead, damaged or diseased wood.
Each spring select 5 or 6 of the most vigorous new canes and cut them back to 30 inches tall. All other NEW canes can be removed.
Do not remove last year’s fruiting canes- they will fruit again in early summer. Pinch back 3-4 inches off their lateral branches.
Expect new canes to fruit in the fall of their first year and in early summer of their second year.
Remove and destroy old canes immediately after their second fruit in early summer of their second year. They will not bear again.
UPDATE 2021: The downside – deer pretty much ate the raspberries to nubs last year. The upside (sort of) – all easement trees removed and a new house behind us means more sun and no more deer. Looking forward to maybe having some raspberries to eat this year.
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