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How to plant long-cane raspberries

You will need

Long-cane raspberries


Organic matter such as well-rotted manure or garden compost

Sulphate of potash

2.5m long fencing posts

Vine eyes

Plastic-coated wire

Plastic tensioner

Mycorrhizal fungi


Flexi-ties or soft string

Watering can

Do it: winter
Takes just: an afternoon


Summer-fruiting raspberries crop on stems made the previous year, so after planting bare-root canes, you'll need to wait until the subsequent growing season to enjoy your harvest. Long-cane raspberry plants, however, have pre-formed flowerbuds and can be planted and harvested in the same growing season.

They're quite pricey, but a good option if you don't want to wait for your crop.

During the summer the plants will send up new canes from the base of the plant, and these will go on to produce fruit in the following year.

How to do it

Prepare site


Choose a bright, sunny site and well-drained soil. Dig over the ground, removing any weeds and large stones, then work in plenty of organic matter such as well-rotted manure or garden compost. Sprinkle sulphate of potash over the soil surface and fork it in lightly.

Tighten wire


To support the canes, stand 2.5m long fencing posts in 75cm-deep holes and fix firmly in place. Space the posts 5m apart. Screw vine eyes into each post at 60cm intervals, thread plastic coated wire through the eyes, then tighten each row with a plastic tensioner.

Mychorrizal fungi


Make up a solution of mycorrhizal fungi, then dunk the bare roots into it until coated. Using secateurs, trim each root, removing damaged sections and anything that will not fit into the planting hole. Place the plants in position along the row, spacing them about 45cm apart.

Plant long-cane raspberries


Dig a hole for each bare-root plant adjacent to the lowest wire. Plant 15-20cm deep, so the roots are covered, but no deeper. Soak the plants well, then tie each cane to the wires using flexi-tie or soft string.

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michael barrett 26/02/2014 at 12:25

again have acquired 30+raspberry i leave them to grow to establish what they are i:e early middle or late cropping.or prune them hard & take it from there.there are several canes per plant

Dovefromabove 26/02/2014 at 13:16

How long are the canes you have Michael?

If they are long, do any of the canes have the remains of last year's fruit  clusters and calyces on them, or are they 'new canes'?

I would cut down to ground level any cane with the remains of fruiting spurs/calyces on them.   If that is all of the canes then you are likely to be in possession of an autumn-fruiting variety.

If that is only some of them or none of them, then the variety is likely to be summer-fruiting.

Does that make sense - I know what I mean 

fidgetbones 26/02/2014 at 13:21

The ones being sold as "long cane" raspberries should fruit this year with no pruning.

 What variety are they?

michael barrett 26/02/2014 at 15:18

havent explained properly

have acquired an allotment with them allready in situ.they are all 6ft high,lots of canes per plant but look spindly.had a quick look again & there seems to be no buds etc on them

Dovefromabove 26/02/2014 at 17:05

Have they got any little side shoots, twiggy bits where they fruited last year?  If not then they're likely to be summer fruiting raspberries.  Tie them in to supports and give them a dose of potash and make sure you've got room in the freezer 

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