* Raspberries – rubus idaeus

There are autumn-cropping types – these fruit on this year’s stems.

There are also traditional summer cropping raspberries that fruit on last year’s canes.  These are best trained with a system of wires and posts (or against fences).

Fruiting crops like lots of fertiliser – use bonemeal in spring.

Water well in dry spells.

Raspberries require post and wire support.  A double fence is best for autumn fruiting raspberries – space two rows of posts 20-24 inches (50-60cm) apart, and stretch wire horizontally across.  Use wire as cross ties every 2 feet.

Harvest June to October.

Prune fruited canes of summer cropping raspberries after harvest and keep new growing canes.


Summer fruiting Raspberries 

  • these produce flowers and fruit on one year old canes.
  • Cut back all fruited canes at ground level after harvesting.  Do not leave stubs which can let in disease.
  • As it grows support strong canes and cut out weaker ones at ground level.


Autumn fruiting Raspberries

  • Prune all canes to ground level in February.  


Raspberry Pruning