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can i prune red raspberries at this time of year NOV/DEC?

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Actually, this is a GREAT time to prune your raspberries. You will want to take your sharp shears and remove the fruiting canes that were used this season all the way down to the ground. They will have done their part and would not live. By removing and pruning these in late November, you will best be preparing your raspberries for the next year. You will want to also remove any weak or broken canes and thin any remaining ones to about 5 or 6 per row foot. This thinning reduces the competition for the raspberries and will result in larger berries for you.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi Greg,

I'm aware of your answer. Is it ok to prune next years canes down to 3 feet or so to make them more managable, no staking, promote sidebranching, without harming them?


Yes, that is okay to do and will not harm them for the next season. I would not take them down any lower than the 3 feet or so though as that would impact your harvest.

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