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Blackberries and Raspberries

posted Jul 9, 2013, 1:10 PM by James Roe   [ updated Jul 9, 2013, 1:11 PM ]
Our raspberries are done but blackberries continue.  See photo.  Yvonne has made a blackberry cobbler and pie and today a blackberry compote for her birthday group.  I expect the current crop of blackberries to continue another week or so, but the next one is on its way.

Blackberries and raspberries are essentially biennials, ie, they bear fruit on second-year canes.  But there are varieties that will bear a small crop in late summer on first year canes.  Then a larger crop appears in the Spring time on the second-year canes.  That is the kind of blackberries and raspberries I have.  That means the the second-year canes that bore heavily this year must be pruned out to make room for the new shoots that are emerging.  They must be cut back to the ground.  I finished that chore with the raspberries and the blackberries will get attention once the current crop is finished.  See photo below for how the raspberries look after this operation.  All of these canes came up from the roots this spring/summer.

The new canes on both the blackberries and raspberries are showing flower buds for the late summer crop.