Raspberries, with its many species, grow a popular fruit in the home garden.
To thrive and produce a substantial crop of raspberries, there are some cultural practices that need to be met. According to the Ohio State University website, it is important to fertilize water, weed, disease and pest control practice and prune regularly.
Advantages of pruning
Besides the production of more berries, raspberries regularly pruning increases the berry size and helps to control diseases, according to Iowa State University.
Raspberries are either summer camp or camps and are constantly pruned by type and variety. Prune summer red raspberries in the spring and immediately after the harvest. Prune ever-bearing red raspberries once in the spring to produce a harvest in early to mid August, or if pruned twice, the plant will produce fruit in the spring and fall. Prune black and purple raspberries three times a year, spring, summer and after fruiting. Prune yellow raspberries, which are produced only in the color of fruit, in the same time as their red and ever-bearing counterparts.
Investigate the structure of raspberry plants before to trim the plants. Raspberries have two types of sticks, and primocanes floricanes. Primocanes are in the first year canes that are not producing any fruit in the second year and floricanes fruiting canes. Both canes are present simultaneously. Prune the cane tips of Summer Camp and Fall-bearing red raspberries, who did not survive winter injury. To curtail ever-bearing raspberries, canes cut to the ground in March or early April. Prune yellow raspberries in the same manner as their red and ever-bearing counterparts.
Scissors and shears are the best tools for pruning raspberries. Keep to prevent the tools properly sharpened and clean after use after cutting diseased or decayed sticks contaminating other specimens.