Whats growing near my raspberry plants? #253610 - Ask Extension

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Whats growing near my raspberry plants? #253610

Asked June 12, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT

Hello, I am new to growing raspberries and blackberries and see that there's some sort of branch coming out of each plant, and it's growing rather quickly. Is it a weed, a thorn, or will it flower and produce more berries? See attached photos. Thanks forr your help!

St. Louis County Missouri

Expert Response

The old canes (stems) that produced fruit this year are done and only producing energy for the new growth.  The new canes in your picture are what will produce fruit next year.  

Management of the berry plants can be found in this information sheet: Pruning Raspberries, Blackberries.  
Frank Wideman Replied June 15, 2015, 11:46 AM EDT

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