How to care for raspberries
The berries are already picked, and everyone ate heartily, and even jams, compotes and jams lined up in orderly rows on the shelves. When all the work has been redone, it’s time to take care of the berries.
Everything should be done in stages:
- Look at the shoots — not a single spider nest should remain on them. Otherwise, the aphids that overwinter there will begin to harm your plants in early spring.
- Ruthlessly remove defective parts of perennials (rotten berries, withered, small, twisted leaves, dry twigs). All these leftovers should be burned — they do not even belong in a compost pit, since they are probably already affected by pests.
- After cutting off all unnecessary, feed the shrubs. Raspberries will thank you for a bucket of compost or rotted manure under each bush. For red currants, prepare a mixture of a couple of tablespoons of potassium and a tablespoon of superphosphate. If you want to maintain the yield of blackcurrant at the level of 3-4 kg per bush, then annually apply 60-80 g of ammonium nitrate under it, and every three years — 10-15 kg of manure per bush. If there is a desire to mix organic matter with mineral fertilizer, then you can do this, just take half the norm.
- Berries need watering even after harvest. With a lack of moisture, there is a high risk that they will drop foliage. This will slow down the development of the root system. The plant as a whole will become weaker and will bring significantly less harvest the next year.