Why are my Raspberries not Producing?

“We are concerned that our raspberried are not bearing yet, meaning ready to pick.  Doesn’t it seem late?  This is the second year, we had some nice berried although not a large amount last late summer into early fall.  We were expecting a great crop this summer, is it too early? They look very healthy and berries are beginning to set. Thank you, Diane and Robert”


Thank you for the email regarding your raspberries.  What variety of raspberry do you have?  Based on your description, is sounds like you have a type of fall-bearing raspberries.  If this is the case, you have nothing to fear — if your berries were producing right now, you would have a problem.

Fall-bearing raspberries generally begin to produce in mid- to late August, depending on the weather conditions of the year.  By the time they start to bear fruit, many if not all of the beetles and worms that plague summer-bearing types have processed through their life cycle and do not affect the fall bearers.

If your raspberries are supposed to be summer-bearing raspberry, then there are a few different factors that may be at play.  Were they pruned this past winter?  Are there any signs of disease on the plants/fruits?  What type of area are they grown in — sun, shade, soil type, etc.?

I look forward to your response and helping you out.




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2 thoughts on “Why are my Raspberries not Producing?

  1. We have Autumn Britton Everbearing type. Assume as you stated they will produce in the fall. They are setting berries now, we did prune them last fall after bearing and they get plenty of sun.

    I would like to know how to prune them after they are done producing this fall, I have heard to cut 8 inches off those that produced, do we cut them back further like 1-2 ft above the ground and when?

    Appreciate your input.

    • There are different ways to prune fall-bearing raspberries to get two crops a year or to get one crop per year.

      In order to have two crops per year: In March or early April, remove all weak, diseased, and damaged canes leaving only the most vigorous canes. Also prune out the tips of the canes. The summer crop will be produced on the lateral (side) shoots of the remaining
      portions of the canes. Maintain the plants in a 1- to 2-foot-wide hedgerow. After the summer crop has been harvested, remove the old fruiting canes and destroy them.

      In order to have one crop per year: (Total crop yield is typically larger using the one-crop system instead of the two-crop system.) In March or early April, prune all canes back to ground level. This eliminates the summer crop, but the fall crop matures one to two weeks earlier. Maintain the plants in a 1- to 2-foot-wide hedgerow. No summer pruning is necessary. Also, there is less chance of infestation and the need to spray for raspberry sawfly larvae, raspberry weevil, and other pests that infect the summer fruiting method.

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