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Clueless Raspberries

June 12, 2012

2012 is the first season with raspberry canes growing behind the fence.

Last winter I prepared a raised bed with a core from the remnant pieces of the 6′ rotted maple stump that had been a corner of a fugly storage shed (that has been replaced with something more suited to Mrs cohutt’s eye.)

Into this bed four “Heritage” raspberry plants were tucked in along with mulch and a drip irrigation line to keep them happy.

Following the somewhat vague guidance from various state agriculture bulletins, I constructed a sturdy two wire “T” trellis system for support.

As the canes came to life, I searched for pictures showing what a bed of Heritage raspberries might look like inside of a properly dimensioned “T” trellis system. There were a few, but with the massive number of canes that come up in an established bed, the pictures just looked like a mass of modestly contained chaos.

Once my new canes came up I panicked and lowered the height of both wires; now I am contemplating raising them again if I can. It appears that I significantly misjudged the ultimate length of the canes- I figured 5 feet might be about right but these just keep growing.

I “tipped” the main canes two or three weeks back to promote lateral growth, which seems to be working well. Still, what a tangle of thorny canes.

If anyone has experience with raspberries, especially “Heritage”, and the proper trellis system for them, I’m all ears.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike permalink
    June 12, 2012 7:34 am

    I curious to hear from someone with expirence as well. I planted six canes but have no trellis system at all. They produce good berries but it is one ugly mess.

    • June 12, 2012 8:02 pm

      I think this is close to what I need per the various AG bulletins. I’ll cut to the ground in late winter and start over vs thinning and doing the primocane/floricane thing.

  2. jennie permalink
    January 2, 2013 3:52 pm

    from everything I’ve seen, this is exactly what you are supposed to do…. we are planning to try the same. I didn’t know raspberries were so gangly!!

    • January 3, 2013 4:14 pm

      That’s good news. Hope you are right!

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