Pruning your raspberry plants may not only be necessary for mature, established plants, it may be necessary even upon planting. Plants can sit at local nurseries for extended periods of time and may not receive the best care.
If you’ve purchased a new raspberry plant, but there are yellow, brown or dried leaves on the plant, it will be necessary to prune those after planting the raspberry bush to properly allow the plant to thrive. Begin by following these steps for How To Plant Raspberry Plants Outside In The Garden .
In this post, I’ll show you exactly how to trim your raspberry plant to give it the best chance of survival!
How To Tell When You Need To Prune
When working with newer plants, it’s important to prune them when these three things occur so that the plant can focus on new growth and growing the limbs that are doing well.
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- Leaves are touching the ground
- Yellow or brown leaves
- Dried and crispy leaves
Best Tool To Use
My favorite tool for pruning vegetables, fruits, rose bushes and more is the FELCO F-2 Classic Manual Hand Pruner. I discovered these pruning sheers after looking for recommendations in a gardening group I’m apart of. These pruners had the best reviews hands-down. I purchased a pair and have been using the same pair for years!
While the initial investment cost is higher than the average pair of pruners at your local hardware store, I promise these will hold up, stay sharp for years and complete the job with ease!
I personally love these because I have very small hands, so most pruners open too wide for my hand to be able to stretch – not an issue with these Felco pruners!
How To Prune Raspberry Plants
It’s important to note that limbs or branches on raspberry plants are called “canes”.
Trim away lower canes – this conserves the plant’s resources and puts focus on the thriving, bigger limbs. Also trim away any baby canes towards the very bottom that may be touching the ground
Trim away yellow and brown leaves – these likely won’t come back, so trim them off so the plant can focus on giving nutrition to the thriving canes and leaves
Trim off dried and crispy leaves – these have no hope of survival, you might as well snip them off now and discard in case they have any kind of infection or fungal issues
While you’re still working on establishing your newly planted raspberry plant, this is the best way to properly prune your plant to give it the best chance of survival and ability to thrive.
With these simple pruning tips that will take only a couple of minutes you complete, you will be on your way to growing happy and healthy raspberry plants in no time!
Once your plant starts producing fruit, use the berries to create these Rainbow Fruit Kabobs!
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