I recently moved into a very old home that came with a very old raspberry patch. I pruned and cleaned it out last year, but it didn’t do well. Is there anything in particular that raspberry bushes like that may give my berries a boost for the coming summer?
Pruning is the key. Make sure that you prune out all the old brown canes. Lop them off at ground level. Leave only six of the strongest green canes per 12 inches of running row, or nine canes per 18 inches. And don’t let plants grow outside an 18-inch-wide row. Mow down new unruly shoots, or you’ll end up with a jungle instead of neat rows. Learn more about growing raspberries.