How you prune a raspberry bush depends on the type of raspberry plants that you are growing. Learn how to prune raspberries the right way.

Pruning raspberry bushes is not for the faint of heart. If you prune off this year’s fruiting stems, there may be no raspberries until the following year.

Once you know and identify your raspberry type, this will help to guide you in how to prune these fruit bearing plants.

Raspberry root systems are perennial and continue to produce new raspberry plants each year.

The plants or canes that are produced from this root system however are biennial, and have a lifespan of only two years.

One type of raspberry, ever bearing, will produce berries on both first and second year canes.

The other type of raspberry, June bearing, will only produce berries on the second year canes.

June bearers produce the canes their first year, and the fruit the next. The berries therefore grow on second year canes only.

Ever bearers produce berries at the tips of the first year canes in the fall. Then the next year there is berry production lower down on the same canes, below the dead tips.

Pruning your raspberries is beneficial for plant health and berry production, however it's important to know your raspberry type before pruning.

If you don't prune your raspberries, the raspberry hedge will be thicker, with less light reaching the developing leaves, resulting in smaller berry size.

Pruning the raspberries removes dead growth, makes way for light to reach the canes, and reduces the number of canes, resulting in larger berries and healthier plants.

Springtime is the best time to prune your raspberry plants. You will be able to visualize the canes of each plant, and remove any dead or damaged growth.

Pruning for each type of raspberry is different. For the specifics of pruning for each type of raspberry, see the tutorial!

For more information, see the tutorial!