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With a Little Proper Pruning, your Raspberry Bush will Thrive

If you find a raspberry bush growing in the wild you will likely see a mass of branches, brambles and thorny vines. In the wild, raspberries grow with no maintenance, no pruning or trimming. But when you grow raspberries, you can do some maintenance on your raspberry bush that will help the plant to thrive and produce excellent fruit.

When you prune your raspberry bush, you should do the trimming in the spring just as soon as you see the buds on the canes start to swell. Cut back the canes all the way down to a live bud that is approximately 10? from the base of the plant.

When you do the first pruning of your raspberry bush, be sure that you leave enough of the canes to keep the roots alive. And be sure to not crop the plant during the first year.

After you prune your raspberry bush, new suckers will begin to grow from the canes of the plant. The new growth that emerges from the base of the raspberry plan will be the shoots that will produce the raspberry fruit.

After you care for your raspberry bush for a season, you will be rewarded with red, delicious juicy berries to enjoy. After you harvest all of the fruit from your raspberry bushes you will want to cut back all of the canes that bore fruit. Cut these canes back all the way to soil level.

When you decide to begin pruning your raspberry bush, be sure to perform all of the pruning at one time. By performing all of the pruning at one time, you will be able to limit the exposure that the plant has to pests and diseases.

Raspberry bushes will grow and produce fruit without regular pruning. However if you would like to maximize the potential of your raspberry bush, a little regular pruning will definitely help your raspberry bush reach it?s full potential.

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