Columbia Star thornless marionberries

Asked June 12, 2018, 12:04 PM EDT

We are in our second year of production for the 400 berries vines we planted 3 years ago. What do you suggest we do with the 6-10 foot new canes that are everywhere? We've tried tying them up to the wire in between the massive crop of berries that are coming on but that is a daily task. Is it ok to cut them down to say 3-4 feet? I know this will result in side shoots which will make it difficult to tie up to the trellis after this years' crop. Unsure of what to do.

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

Hello,

Glad to help. Please call me at 541-231-8854. You can thin canes and tie others. It is some work but I really think you should not cut them. I can explain if you call me tomorrow morning. You can email me at javier.f-s@oregonstate.edu but I'm leaving on vacation after that and won't be able to respond to you until late July.

Thanks!