new raspberry canes

Asked August 10, 2020, 8:21 PM EDT

Hi, I was wondering about our next year's raspberries. Our next year's canes are 8' to maybe 10' tall and very healthy. Now, they are full of raspberry blooms. Last year I was picking raspberries in December. Should I cut this year's canes now or wait until spring? Should I prune the new one's back? Also, we are going to make 2 new rows. Should we transplant now or wait until Spring? I was thinking since they are still growing maybe now would be good? Thanks for your help.

Clackamas County Oregon

1 Response

Hi and thanks for contacting Ask an Expert.
Transplanting in the fall when the plants are leafless (dormant) would be best. The plants are gathering energy now so they should be replanted later in the fall. You can also divide and replant the raspberries at this time.
Do not prune the canes while they are producing in the growing season. When the plants are dormant (late fall) remove old or dead canes. Starting in January through March before any budding occurs start removing any weak, old or broken canes. You can also shorten any canes at this time.
I have added a link on growing raspberries from OSU for your review: https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog/files/project/pdf/ec1306.pdf If you have further questions please recontact us.