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Old 08-05-2016, 11:26 AM
Jackmannii Jackmannii is offline
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Originally Posted by Hari Seldon View Post
There may be newer hybrids, but the traditional bushes had biennial canes. They grew during the first season, but didn't fruit. During the second, they set fruit and then died. you are supposed to go out around new and cut down all the dead canes and save the live ones. It is a big bother and I don't do it. I think my harvest suffers a lot from my not doing it.
I have slacked off the past few years on cutting down the fruiting canes after harvest, and we've been having monster yields anyway.

A bonus from removing the 2d year canes is that it's easier to reach and harvest the fruit without the clutter on non-producing/dead canes.