Raspberry Plants

Overgrown Raspberries

Anonymous added on May 4, 2016 | Answered

The bushes my dad has at this time are years overgrown with some strange vine growing through them choking them off they are a mess. I have been trying to pull by hand what I can get of the vine by pulling roots too, but am getting nowhere because of the over growth of the bushes themselves and this damned vine. My question is, if I cut them to the ground completely (all of them), will it give me room to hoe between bushes and get this place cleaned up? If I do cut to the ground, will the canes grow back this summer by fall or will it kill them off completely...never to grace my dad's garden again with growing fruit?

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Answered on May 5, 2016

You can cut them to the ground without fear - they will grace your dad's garden again. You just may see a postponement in the onset of fruit depending on what type of raspberry you are growing (ever bearing/fall-bearing/summer-bearing). Some varieties produce fruit on second year growth.

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