Preparing raspberries for winter — tips from experienced gardeners
Sweet, fragrant, tasty raspberries do not grow by themselves. For good harvests of marvelous berries, raspberries need care. And it is especially important in the fall, when berry bushes are preparing for winter sleep. At this time, everything is important — top dressing, pruning, and shelter. After all, it is now that the future harvest is laid.
Do I need to fertilize raspberries in the fall
Autumn top dressing for raspberries is a must. Over the summer, the bushes used up their entire supply of nutrients, generously giving them to the ripening of the crop. In the fall, you need to replenish this supply and give the raspberries what they need most during this period — potassium and phosphorus. Nitrogen is now unnecessary and even harmful, it causes the growth of young shoots and foliage. And we need the stems to ripen and the roots to gain strength. Now you can use
Humus and compost are recommended to pour necessarily. They will serve not only as a good fertilizer, but also protect the roots from freezing if the winter is especially cold. Pour the compost without sparing — a layer of 10-15 centimeters will settle over the winter, compact and you won’t even notice that a lot of it has been poured since autumn.
Pruning raspberries before winter
In autumn, it is recommended to do sanitary pruning of raspberries. During the winter, many shoots can freeze or rot under cover, so now it’s best not to cut drastically. We recommend removing diseased or dried stems, as well as all fruiting branches. They have already worked out their resource, there will be no more berries on them. It is better to leave everything else until spring, so that after the snow melts, you can evaluate the quality of the bushes that have come out of wintering and remove excess shoots.
To water or not to water?
Watering raspberries before winter is a must. If the autumn is dry, water the raspberries weekly until the first light frost sets in.
If it rains, then you do not need to pour additional water — natural precipitation will suffice.
How to shelter raspberries from frost
Shelter for the winter raspberries are required only in cold regions. Of course, if you grow raspberries or blackberries, then keep in mind that they are more thermophilic and tender, therefore, in order to avoid freezing, it is better to wrap them before frost.
Start building shelters only when frosts reach 10-15 degrees. Previously, it is not necessary to insulate berry plantations — raspberries can be banned.
In regions where snow falls abundantly in winter, it is enough just to bend the raspberry stalks to the ground, tying them into bunches. Over time, snow attacks them and under such a blanket the bushes will winter well.
If the region is windy and there is little winter precipitation, then bundles of stems can be wrapped with any covering material, bent to the ground, pinned with staples, and on top sketch spruce branches or branches of fruit trees left after autumn pruning. They will serve as a kind of snow retention screen, snow will accumulate between the branches and the raspberries will not freeze under this “blanket”.
In the assortment of our store there is a large selection of raspberries: yellow, red, orange and even purple are available. Varieties for every taste — remontant or ordinary, with a single fruiting. Experts recommend periodically updating berry plantations, and then many sweet and fragrant berries, which are loved by both adults and children, will ripen in your garden.
Article author: Oksana Artemenko