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✿RASPBERRY PLANTS WINTER CARE✿

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Raspberry plants are easy to care for, and don't need much attention, but with those simple cares you will improve the quality and quantity of their fruits.
Is an instructable for winter care, when all the leaves are fallen down, but before the start of the sprouts in the spring.

This is an instructable for organic care.

I think it is important to do those thinks also if you only have few plants.
 
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Step 1: CUT THE OLD PLANTS

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First cut away all the old plants (the ones that made the fruits the year before), from the very bottom.

You can recognize them because they are branched, they are dead and they will not make fruit again (raspberry are an annual plant). The new one are usually only made with one unique straight trunk.

Step 2: CUT AWAY THE SICK PLANTS

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Cut away all the sick plant, the one that look more unhealthy or rotten, the one attacked by parasites, molds and fungus or the one that are too small or weak .

This operation is really important because the sickness or parasite can spread to all the other plant or compromise the quality, quantity and the taste of the fruits.

The photos are of the main sicknesses your plant can have, but there is many other kinds, also depending from where they are and from the amount of rain and parasites of the year.

Step 3: TIE THE PLANTS

Tie the plants to a stick (if you only have few plants) or to an horizontal wire (if you have many plants), doing a twist around the wire too, so they don't change place. You can tie up to 3 plant for knot.

Use a gummy tier, to don't strangle the plant (I used inner tube stripes).

Thin the plants to about 10 trunks for linear meter.

Step 4: CUT THE TOPS

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Cut the tops to about 1,30 meter.

Step 5: BURN THE PLANTS THAT YOU CUT AWAY

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It's important to burn as soon as possible all the sick plants that you cut out, to prevent the sicknesses to spread out to all the plants.
YerGramma7 months ago
Very useful instructable. My raspberry plants are very wild and overgrown, but now I know which canes to cut down. I just need to break a path through the snow to do it XD! Thank you for writing this.
marcellahella (author)  YerGramma7 months ago
You are welcome!