Treat berry bushes correctly

Treat berry bushes correctly

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The berry bushes need the right treatment to ensure that currants, gooseberries and the like bear lush fruit every year. Read how to do it here.

Berry bushes such as currants, gooseberries, raspberries or blackberries bear their fruit on newer shoots that are only a few years old. Since older branches become woody and no longer develop flowers from which the berries grow later, it is necessary to remove the old shoots regularly.

Cut berry bushes

In contrast to other fruit trees, the fruit shoots of some berry bushes such as raspberries and blackberries can be cut back completely. The reason for this is that the rods of such berries only bear fruit in one year and would then only deprive the plant of unnecessary energy. You can also ensure that the shrubs do not grow too densely and get enough light next year.

You can cut old plants that have been neglected for a long time down to the ground to achieve a rejuvenation of the plant. In this case, just leave last year's shoots. If there are no new shoots, the plant can be preserved without them.

Thinning and rejuvenating berry bushes

Radical tapering, i.e. by cutting back to the ground, should take place in winter if possible. If there is a surge in juice during radical pruning, the plants may lose too many stocks and thus be prevented from drifting through. Even old and very neglected plants experience a real fresh-cell treatment through rigorous pruning and will thank you in the following year with rich berry growth.

Once a year, you should also remove shoots that intersect, are too close together, sick or dead shoots.

Young berry bushes: Cut mostly unnecessary

You don't actually have to cut young shrubs very well. Let them train strong main drives first. However, you can slightly clear the plant so that the individual tendrils have enough space. To do this, cut off the excess tendrils close to the ground.

Tip: I use Bosch shrub shears to prune my berries.