How to Prune Raspberry Plants

Overview

Raspberry plants are a good addition to any garden or landscape, for the delicious brightly colored fruit, easy maintenance and rapid growth. They are one of life's pleasures that are simple to grow. They grow so quickly, in fact, that you must make sure you keep them properly pruned so they do not take over your entire yard.

Step 1

Prune back any canes that appear weak or diseased throughout the year to get them out of the way.

Step 2

Use the pruning shears and trim back all the canes that are dead or broken, usually around ground level. Do this in the early spring. Trim back all the healthy canes to chest-height.

Step 3

Prune the raspberry canes that have produced fruit to ground level after harvest. You can tell these canes by the cluster remains where berries once were.

Step 4

Trim back healthy canes so that there is 6 inches between all the canes on the raspberry plant. This is to encourage new growth and maximum fruit production.

Step 5

Pull out all suckers (new canes that sprout up from the roots) immediately. These drain nutrients from the larger, more productive canes.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears and scissors
  • Gardening gloves

References

  • Caring For Raspberry Plants
  • Pruning Raspberries
  • Raspberry Bush Trimming
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