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Raspberry leaf curl

Raspberry leaf curl

My raspberry canes are thriving but I've noticed some of the leaves on a few canes have begun to dry with a brown colour. Is it due to lower than normal rainfall or bad maintenance? I can water them from my rainwater butts if necessary. marcopolo, Clondalkin, Co Dublin Posted: 06/04/2017

That looks  like weedkiller damage and it will grow out of it.


Soft Fruits

We have a new house and new garden, half acre. Most of it is in lawn but I have a few special areas - like the Vivaldi Garden and the Via Augustino!! We will plant some fruit trees on Sunday next but we would also like to plant some soft fruits. Could you please advise me on what soft fruits I should go for? Gussy, Ennis, Co Clare Posted: 24/11/2016

Strawberries, raspberries, tayberries, red currants, blackcurrants and gooseberries are all easy to grow.

  Autumn bliss Raspberries crumbly

Autumn bliss Raspberries crumbly

I have Autumn bliss Raspberries growing on a west facing wall which I fed with chicken pellets in the Spring. The crop is plentiful and the leaves appear healthy but the fruit is very crumbly with white bits on the inside. Is this normal? Cahy, Corofin, Co Galway Posted: 12/10/2015

This is over-vigorous growth, caused by damp summer and too much chicken pellets.

It is still usable, though more awkward to pick. 



Raspberry transplanting

I want to lift this year's raspberry canes to give to friends. I would normally do this in January, having cut the plants from about 1.5 metres to 0.5m. What's the ideal month to lift them? The old canes have finished fruiting now, but I noticed some new fruit on one or two new green shoots with more small green berries already forming. I thought they'd have to be one or other of either early or late fruiting. I have nettles and blackberry brambles well rooted. I want to dig and spray. Which should I do first? marcopolo, Clondalkin, Co Dublin Posted: 08/08/2015

It is not uncommon in a damp summer to get late fruit on raspberries as the canes flourish.

Like offset spawn in November.

Dig out brambles and spray nettles on a dry day with Roundup. 



Is it too late to move new rasberry shoots that have grown near old plants? what time of year is the best for replanting? can i mulch rasberries with well mulched farm yard manure? when is the best time? can rasberries and strawberries be fed with liquid manure? kathleens, thurles, Co Tipperary Posted: 10/03/2013


Raspberry plants can be moved until the buds break, then wait until leaf-fall. November is the best month.

Raspberries can be mulched with well-rotted manure but this can have weed seeds, such as buttercups.


autumn fruiting raspberries

The books all tell us that we should cut down the canes of autumn fruiting raspberries (mine are "Autumn Bliss") well into the winter and I'm wondering if it necessary to leave it so late? Do the plants need that lateness (like daffodils do in order to store food in the bulbs) or is it OK to cut the canes down once fruiting is finished? I would like to cut my canes now (October) but am reluctant to do so without knowing why the common practice seems to be to leave them for another 2-3 months. ceebee, , Co Sligo Posted: 16/10/2011


There is logic in leaving the shoots until early spring as the exisitng stems hold sugars to carry the plant over and also there is a good likelihood that the green skin under the bark continues to photosynthesize at a low level, which also helps the plant to over-winter well.

Plants that overwinter in good condition shoul dbe more vigorous and should crop better.

Why not prune half the plants now and half in early March and see which half crops best and you will know which is the best practice.


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