How to prune raspberries

Autumn is a good time to get on top of fruit, and raspberries are definitely going to be in need of a little pruning. If you’re not sure how, then read this before you make a start. Don’t forget to wear gloves and use decent secateurs.

Summer Fruiting Raspberries:

Simply cut back any canes that bore fruit this summer – these are the old canes that will look relatively brown against new, fresh canes. You want to cut these old canes right back to ground level, leaving new canes space to grow. Once you’ve cut out the old canes, take a look at the new canes and remove any that are growing too close together and any particularly thin canes.

Now you’ve got next year’s canes selected. All you need to do now is tie them in to the support wires/posts that you’ve been using.

Autumn Fruiting Raspberries:

These are even easier but make sure you wait until they have finished fruiting for the season! At the end of autumn, simply cut all the canes back to ground level. This will allow new canes to grow for next year’s harvest.