Blackberry & Raspberry Seasonal Checklist (Fall 2012)

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Plant growth and development

  • Primocanes continue to grow, but slow down.
  • Flower buds start to form.
  • Primocane leaves senesce late-fall.


  • Primocane harvest continues until frost.

Pruning and trellising

  • Spent floricanes should be removed ASAP.
  • Optimal time to prune is after the coldest part of the season is over. However, pruning can start in late-fall if plantings are large (late winter for smaller plantings).
  • Start trellis repairs after plants have defoliated.

Weed management

  • Many summer weed problems can be best managed in the fall and winter using preemergent herbicides. Determine what weeds have been or could be a problem in your area. Check with your state’s agricultural chemical manual and local Extension agent for the best labeled chemicals to control these weeds.

Insect and disease scouting


  • Growers in warmer areas (e.g. extreme southeastern North Carolina) can plant in December.
  • Preparations for winter planting should have already been made.
  • If you have questions about winter planting please contact me at the above email address.


  • Take soil tests to determine fertility needs for spring plantings.
  • Non-nitrogenous fertilizers are best applied in the fall to established plantings.
  • If soil is bare, plant an overwintering cover crop (e.g. rye) to build organic matter and slow soil erosion.

Marketing and Miscellaneous

  • Order containers for next season.
  • Make contacts for selling fruit next season.

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