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Pruning autumn fruiting raspberries

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Last year I had a fantastic harvest of Raspberries. My Autumn Bliss did me proud and were producing from August until the snow at the end of November

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But now is the time to be pruning them back hard to the ground, as the new shoots of this year's growth are starting to appear.

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If you've only got autumn varieties, then this is easy, - cut them all back, but if you have a mixture of the summer fruiting canes (which fruit on old wood) and autumn canes (which fruit on those green shoots, when they've grown into canes all in one season). Then you need to find those that have fruited.

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You can be quite hard with cutting them back, - the new shoots come up from beneath the ground, so no need for long canes to be left. Just a sharp pair of secateurs and a slight angle so that any water drains off

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In my personal opinion, Raspberries are the most luxurious of summer fruits, so if you have got room for a row of canes, plant some this year, - Autumn fruiting ones are the best and Autumn Bliss are my favs.

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Janet/Plantaliscious

Good to hear, as apart from my bargain pair of "Tulameen" canes, "Autumn Bliss" are what I have on order and am anxiously waiting for.

Claire, Plantpassion

Ah Tulameen, - they were meant to be the variety that bridged the gap between summer and Autumn, and if M& S stocked them ,they were meant to taste wonderful, - but unfortunately the cross between seasons, means that in every garden i've grown them in, they didn't get pruned at the right time and failed after a couple of years, - i've given up now, so let me know if you have success.

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