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Project by Mork posted 04-28-2013 01:07 AM 27934 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first picture shows a traditional raspberry support. This is a well established row of berries and the supports do well until the wind blows the wrong direction. If the wind is blowing hard in the direction of the support wires all the canes fall over. In the process of standing them upright again I always manage to break a few canes.

The other picture shows a new method of supporting the raspberry canes. You will notice horizontal wire mesh. The canes will grow up through the mesh and be supported in all directions… at least that’s the plan!

BTW… the established raspberries are a variety called Caroline and they are fantastic even in the Hot KY summers they produce from mid June until frost!

The new row is Baba Berry (or Southern Raspberry). The established row is now all green (April 27th) but the new Baba Berries have barley emerged. 4 out of the 8 canes show no sign of life. These were planted last October. Hopefully they will all live but I’m getting a little worried.

I highly recommend Caroline but it will be a year or two before I can make a judgment on the Baba Berries.



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MsDebbieP

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 04-29-2013 12:45 PM

i have never used supports for my raspberries. I can see how it would be helpful, though

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 04-29-2013 09:40 PM

Do they fall over? Mine would be on the ground and probably break without support. Maybe you have a shorter variety. When i was in Poland back in 2000 they had wild raspberries growing in the woods that were only about 2-feet tall. Some of my canes are over 4 feet.

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Mork

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posted 04-29-2013 10:07 PM

Even with support they sometimes touch the ground!

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justjoel

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hardiness zone 7a

posted 05-01-2013 04:45 AM

It looks like I’m going to have raspberries for the first time this year. I only have one cane from the original transplant, but also have 2 little clumps of runners coming up about a foot away from the cane, in this triangle shape (rather than a line) with the “bottom” of the triangle on the outside of the bed that is backed by a fence, so the apex of the triangle, the starter cane, points at the fence. I imagine I’ll need some sort of support, so will likely use some of your tricks, Mork, but it’s a bit of an odd shape to have to figure out. Plus it is very close to a trellis with honeysuckle growing up it, so I can’t go too crazy, nor do I want the berries to encroach on the honeysuckle too much.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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Greenthumb

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posted 05-01-2013 06:03 AM

the taste of the berry never tastes as good as when ?

it is as sweet as the last bite you remember and the first thought you want

no matter what cursed adventure spurred a curiosity to get you there

the rewards are endless

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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MsDebbieP

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 05-02-2013 09:52 AM

yes, they bend over but I’ve never seen one break—they don’t get a trellis in the wild so the need to be durable.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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leeman

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