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Steps to Success: Raspberries

Follow our Steps to Success and for great results!

Summer Bearing

These varieties carry one crop of berries on the over-wintering canes during the summer months. Plants begin fruiting in early summer, and the season lasts approximately 4-5 weeks.  More than one type of Summer Bearing (Early Season, Midseason, Late season, etc) will be needed to have fruit for the full 5 weeks. The plants may begin fruiting in June or July, depending on the zone and the seasonal weather.

Everbearing (Fall Bearing)

These varieties produce two crops:  the largest is borne in the late summer/early fall on the tips of canes that grew through out the summer.  A second crop is then carried lower on those same canes early the next summer. To have two crops, the planting must be pruned as a summer bearer.

Most everbearers will produce the best crop if NOT allowed to fruit in early summer. We recommend this approach.

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Maintain your Raspberry Plants


  • 1" – 2" rainfall or equivalent per week throughout the growing season.


  • Side–dress the row(s) with ¾ lb – 1 lb of 10–10–10 per 100 sq ft in the Spring Commercial growers should use 500 lbs per acre or fertilize according to soil test.
  • Side–dress again in July and August.
  • Occasionally test your pH and make amendments to keep the soil pH between 6.0–6.5.
  • Do not fertilize in the fall.


  • Regular cultivation is necessary during growing the season.
  • Roots are shallow–don’t cultivate more than an inch deep.
  • Contact your local extension for chemical recommendations.
  • We do not recommend mulching your raspberry plants after the establishment year.


  • We strongly recommend keeping plants supported by a trellis.


  Ever–bearing (Fall–bearing) varieties

  • To have one highly productive Fall crop, mow or cut all canes to the ground in the early Winter or early Spring while the plants are dormant. Always leave as little stub as possible.
  • To produce an earlier crop as well as a Fall crop, prune as a Summer-bearing variety.

  Summer-bearing varieties

  • After harvest, cut canes that fruited at the base of the plant. Leave as little stub as possible.
  • Cut weak damaged or diseased canes at the base.
  • Cut more canes if needed to leave 6–8 canes per running foot of row.

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