Pruning detail is not required in the culture of Raspberries, and all that is necessary is close attention to the annual thinning of the stools, and the feeding of the roots. After the crop has been picked, remove the old canes, and in the following winter cut out the weaker canes formed during the preceding summer. Four or five strong canes are better than twice the number* of weak ones. The selected canes should be tied either to single stakes or to a trellis according to the disposition of the stools. It is all-important to remember that freshly planted canes must be cut back so that the energy of the plant is thrown into the formation of new roots and canes and not wasted on the formation of fruit which, by the way, is sure to be of inferior quality.

training raspberries

Fig. 59. training raspberries.

strawberry runners

Fig. 60. strawberry runners.

A shows the roots developing and B represents a more strongly established root system.