Trellising Raspberries

It has been about 8 weeks since we planted the raspberries. We’ve seen a lot of growth over the last month with the start of spring. All 10 of the canes seem to be doing well, some better than others.

With the 6 inches or so of new growth, I decided it is time to begin training these guys.
They aren’t quite tall enough to reach the lattice but there is a bit of forward growth that I want to redirect.

I used this lovely Velcro tape to tie the raspberries to the trellis. I’ve used it in years passed for other gardening projects and have been happy with it. I cut long strips of the Velcro tape and wrapped it around the raspberry cane a few times leaving it pretty loose then attached it to the lattice with a bit of tension. I left the tape as loose as possible while still positioning the raspberries where I wanted them. I’ll check them in a couple days to look for signs of stress, but I think they’ll be fine.

The first 3 raspberry bushes had enough growth and flexibility to begin training them. The other 7 either aren’t quite tall enough or are still to rigid to train without placing too much stress on the limbs. Again, I’ll reevaluate in a few more days.

Another bonus with this Velcro tape is that I can easily reposition the tape as the plants grow.




A lovely bee taking care of business…


About Rhi

Rhi enjoys spending time with her family and working on the homestead. During spring and summer she is often found tending to her garden, and mini-orchard.

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