Caneberry Winter Pruning

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Winter Pruning

All blackberries and raspberries must be pruned and trained. Annual pruning helps keep the plants manageable, healthy, and productive. Below is a quick checklist of winter pruning tasks for caneberries.

  • Make trellis repairs after plants have defoliated but before pruning and training.
  • Pruning Erect Types
    • Prune out the spent floricanesPicture of pruning blackberry canes
    • Tie canes to wires in a fan shape
    • Cut lateral branches back 8-12″
    • Thin canes to 6-8 canes/hill (4ft spacing)
  • Pruning Trailing Types
    • Prune out the spent floricanes
    • Tie or weave canes to wire so that they do not overlap
    • Prune side laterals to 12-18″
    • Thin canes to 6-8 canes/hill (6-8 ft spacing)
  • Pruning Primocane Fruiting Raspberries and Blackberries (Single-Crop System)
    • Prune (mow) primocane fruiting types to ground level

Video of Blackberry Pruning with Gina Fernandez, NC State Extension Small Fruits Specialists

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Karen Blaedow, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionKaren BlaedowExtension Agent, Agriculture - Vegetable and Small Fruit Call Karen E-mail Karen N.C. Cooperative Extension, Henderson County Center
Posted on Jan 25, 2021
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