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Woo



Joined: 19 Sep 2011
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 15 12:58 pm    Post subject: raspberry canes  Reply with quote    

I have some rather overgrown raspberry plants in the garden. they haven't been pruned before they have been in a couple of years.
I didn't get round to cutting them back after fruiting and can no longer see what was last years growth.
will they come to any harm if they all get pruned back to a manageable size?

and while I am in the mood. the black currants? they have fanned out and seem quite tidy but should I prune them too?
Thank you in anticipation. I tried a search as I know I have seen this before but failed.

Hairyloon



Joined: 20 Nov 2008
Posts: 15379
Location: Today I are mostly being in Yorkshire.
PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 15 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think both will be fine whatever you do or don't do to them.

oldish chris



Joined: 14 Jun 2006
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Location: Comfortably Wet Southport
PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 15 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rasps: secateurs out, cut off at ground level all weedy and dead canes. Remember to pay a bit more attention next year.

Blackcurrants: they fruit on last year's growth, I'd leave well alone, have a good prune when fruit-picking.

Tavascarow



Joined: 06 Aug 2006
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Location: South Cornwall
PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 15 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Blackcurrants, prune about 1/3 of the old wood every year at the base to encourage new growth for fruiting next year & do it when dormant.

Woo



Joined: 19 Sep 2011
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 15 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thank you for the help.

mal55



Joined: 15 Jul 2009
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Location: N.Lincs or in the dog house
PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 15 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If blackcurrants are anything like redcurrants I'd just take out any weak or dead wood. That's how I've always treated my redcurrant bush and I usually get in excess of 20lbs of fruit off it.

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
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Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 15 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Recently for Blackcurrants I have just cut all the branches with currants on off to pick in comfort in the kitchen/deckchair. Seems to work.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 15 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The advice for blackcurrants used to be to keep the centre of the bush open, but not sure if this is what is advised now.

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