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Growing Raspberries & Blackberries

By GrowOrganic.com on February 02, 2012

In this video, Tricia shares her tips for planting and maintaining blackberry and raspberry vines.

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I just planted a blackberry in my backyard. Should I create a trellis for it? I’ve seen wild blackberries grow into massive thickets. Will my domestic berry do that as well?

Posted by Liz on Feb. 26, 2017 at 7:20:56 PM

Liz, Your blackberries can be planted along a fence and thus tied up to the fence. They do need some kind of support, so you can put in bamboo or some kind of support and tie your plants to that. You will need to keep your blackberries pruned as the old canes die out. This will keep your blackberries from getting out of hand. I have blackberries in my yard and they can get pretty thick if not kept pruned up.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Feb. 27, 2017 at 12:44:48 PM


Thank you, Suzanne! I appreciate the clarification. I don’t have a chainlink fence, so I will look into some trellis ideas.
Thanks for the great videos.

Posted by Liz on Feb. 27, 2017 at 7:06:55 PM

Liz, no problem. Good luck with your blackberries!

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Feb. 28, 2017 at 4:42:58 PM


I planted my raspberries about 1 1/2 to 2 feet apart, if they are planted too close what could be some of the negative effects?

Posted by Gayle on Apr. 30, 2017 at 8:44:36 PM

Gayle, I think they will be ok at 1 1/2’, since we advise to plant at 2-3’, you just might need to thin them out sooner. Raspberries are really not too hard to grow.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on May. 01, 2017 at 11:32:37 AM


What is the most effective way you found to keep ants and other hungry bugs from eating away at your yield. Each year it appears that the ants get to our blackberries before we do.

Posted by Natalia on Jun. 10, 2017 at 11:39:43 AM

Natalia, we have a good video on ant control and also some good products that you can put out in your garden. Here is the link to those products, https://www.groworganic.com/weed-and-pest-control/ants.html.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Jun. 14, 2017 at 10:52:06 AM


How do raspberries do when grown hydroponically in a home? Would a 5 gallon bucket do?

Posted by Val on Jan. 08, 2018 at 10:32:27 PM

Val, I have found information on the internet regarding growing raspberries hydroponically. Information I found suggests that it can be done but experience with growing hydroponically is suggested.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Jan. 09, 2018 at 9:02:30 AM


Suzanne, thanks. I do have some hydroponic experience but am by no means an expert. So I guess I’ll give it a try and see what happens! So far I have discovered that getting enough light has been my biggest issue (for my nightshades but the greens are happy with less light, especially catnip).

Posted by Val on Jan. 09, 2018 at 9:09:13 AM


I wondered if Raspberries and blackberries can be planted in close approximation, like along the same fence row?

Posted by Ursula on Jan. 16, 2018 at 7:42:39 AM


OK, you cut to the ground the 3 year old canes. You thin the others, but do you top them, and if so do you treat the 1 year differently from the 2 year, and how can you tell which is which?  Thanks!

Posted by Bettina on Jan. 16, 2018 at 8:42:06 AM

Bettina, for blackberries, you should prune the viable canes to about 4-5 feet. I do it in the summer after they have fruited, the canes shoot up and it is good to top them or else they will fall over due to the weight. You don’t prune the primocanes differently from the florocanes, although this time of year, all the canes are florocanes (2nd year). The primocanes will start to grow in the spring.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Jan. 16, 2018 at 10:50:58 AM

Ursula, you can plant blackberries (not the wild ones) and raspberries together, just keep in mind that the raspberries can spread quite rapidly, so space them out to give them room to spread.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Jan. 16, 2018 at 10:53:14 AM

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