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Tayberry dying off....


By Cestina

South Bohemia, Czech Republic Cz

I just noticed when cutting the grass for what I hope may be the last time this year, that my tayberry plant which is growing over an arch is dying back from the top downwards.

Should I cut back to the new growth at the bottom or just leave it for the moment. It's never had very many berries on it.....been in the ground two years, before that it had a year in a pot as the garden wasn't ready for it.



Hi Cestina they fruit on second year wood so the canes that fruited this year, however poorly, should be cut out leaving the canes that grew this year - should be a reasonable size by now.

5 Oct, 2009


Oh dear, I sliced one of those off when mowing the other day......

There is only one feeble new cane left.....

5 Oct, 2009


Leave it to grow, you may get a small amount of fruit next year... and remember that growing over an arch is not natural for the plant.

5 Oct, 2009


What's it supposed to do then? It puts out these great long (prickly!) shoots, I didn't know what else to do with it.....

5 Oct, 2009


Allow them to grow to no more than 1.5 metres then simply cut the top of the leader off. Just as you would with a raspberry. They will try to grow into great big thickets, like brambles, don't let them be ruthless!

6 Oct, 2009


Great, thanks.....

6 Oct, 2009

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