The pruning of fruit trees and plants is the practice of removing dead limbs, shoots, and stems in a way that stimulates the growth of new branches. Pruning is employed so that each plant attains a higher yield of fruits when it comes time to harvest.
So what about raspberries? Should raspberry plants be pruned?
Raspberry plants can achieve a much higher yield of fruit if the plants are properly pruned early in the season.
Any canes that have bore fruit in previous years should be removed, as they will not produce for a second season and are a drain on the overall health of the plant. Also, prone and canes that have grown out too far horizontally, and are sticking outside of the designated growing row.