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27 Jul 2009 23:24 #19192 by welshie

I've been gifted about 8 very long raspberry canes and am having trouble deciding where to plant them! Do they need a fence or some support, or are they self-supporting? The canes seem quite strong but they are about a metre long. I've gardened for years but know nothing about raspberries! :confused:


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28 Jul 2009 11:41 #285066 by Seaside

I have never grown them, but my Granny did. She trained them on a trellis held up with bamboo poles, and had netting over to stop the birds getting them.

I think if you leave them, they will grow OK, but the will slump down into themselves which makes it hard to pick the berries in the middle. A bit like a wild blackberry bush, if you know what I mean?


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28 Jul 2009 11:52 #285072 by Xartep

I don't think it is necessary.
Most plantings that I have seen have a post at either end with a couple of wires between. This keeps the raspberries upright. No tying up required.
Depending on the type of R-berry you may need to prune that long stem out and the new growth will be your fruiting stems. Check with who ever gave them to you.


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29 Jul 2009 23:19 #285464 by wiredkiwi

I have sunk 2 warratahs and strung 4 strands of old electric fence wire between them for the rasperries. Works like a charm. I had to have 3 varieties in the end to ensure I get enough berries right through the season (spring fruiting, autumn fruiting and an ever bearing variety). Is a constant battle with the birds, which is where the warratahs come into their own. I throw a net over the top string, which is higher than the canes, and peg the bottom of the net out like a triangle tent. Stops *some* of the avian thieving!


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29 Jul 2009 23:25 #285465 by Jen - Featherston

nope, never had to support mine they grow up tall and then need to be pruned heavily in winter :) really easy to grow :D mmmmmm yummm raspberries


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30 Jul 2009 09:02 #285492 by Simkin

I cut the top third off of my raspberry canes. This means that there will be some branching out and heavier cropping.

After transplanting I would cut the existing canes back almost to soil level, leaving just a couple of buds. I wouldn't let them fruit, either, because it is better to let them get on with producing new canes for the following season.

I don't stake mine. If the tops have been cut off the bending down becomes less of a problem.

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30 Jul 2009 09:57 #285506 by Organix

As a few others have said it is advisable to run horizontal wires between end posts. This is not only for support but also can be used to support bird protection ("vine net") and with the use of a few kiwifruit clips will stop wind damage to some extent :)



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31 Jul 2009 21:12 #285878 by welshie

Thanks very much for all the suggestions. I plan to check with the lady who gave me the canes....but she's busy having a baby right now, so I'd better wait a little longer![;)]


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02 Aug 2009 16:07 #286176 by rose

Wiredkiwi, what is an 'ever bearing variety' and what variety do you use that would fruit in spring here? :)

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03 Aug 2009 12:49 #286395 by wiredkiwi

Hi Rose,

Ever bearing means fruiting in spring and autumn. Technically a dual cropper. I'm not sure how good this one will be (it's called Aspiring from the Incredible Edibles range http://www.edible.co.nz/varieties.php?fruitid=15#Aspiring - I got mine from Mitre 10 Mega a few months ago) but I'm giving it a crack!


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03 Aug 2009 15:22 #286435 by homebirther1

Does anyone have any spare raspberry canes they would kindly send me? Would happily pay for postage of course! :)

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03 Aug 2009 17:39 #286462 by wiredkiwi

where are you homebirther? I am doing a bit of a South Island road trip in 1st week of Oct, and I'll happily drop some of mine off if I'm passing anywhere by you. I can post some but not for about 3 or 4 weeks as that's when I uproot the new shoots that are escaping the confines of where I want them to be. I can offer you probably 6 to 12 autumn bearing canes this year, and I can give you some spring bearing and ever-bearing canes in about May next year.


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03 Aug 2009 19:35 #286486 by homebirther1

thanks WiredKiwi! That would be fab...I am in Hamilton at the moment, but am moving to Taupo (to our lifestyle block!!!!) between mid-end of September (just havent got the exact date at the mo). I won't be planting them till we have moved, so 3-4 away will be perfect :)

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03 Aug 2009 19:46 #286489 by wiredkiwi

No worries. PM me when you move and I'll sort you out some canes. I have a friend who also has raspberries so I'll see what she's got as well.


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03 Aug 2009 20:01 #286493 by homebirther1

Thanks, will do

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