2 observations on my berry crop this year.
#1, Over the winter I lost more raspberry canes than I ever have before (started patch in 2012), probably at least 80% across multiple varieties. Also, much less vigorous shooting up of primocanes than in the past. At first I thought maybe it got too severely cold before there was much snow cover but then I noticed that canes that were growing in areas where there haven’t been raspberries very long survived very well. I’m thinking I need to more aggressively thin my primocanes, I tend to leave too many because I love that nice fall crop but I think they end up fighting each other too much for resources and poor winter cane survival is the result.
#2, We have about 10 Red Lake Currants, 5 we got at the nearby big box store, the others were mail order. The 5 locally bought have much bigger berries while the mail order ones have much smaller berries. We’re talking like 3 times the size. The plants look the same, berries taste the same. We just figured one group might just be a different strain of red currant. Then I was watching a youtube video about plants that do well in the shade, I think it was MI gardener, he mentioned currants like shade and actually get bigger size berries when grown in the shade. Has any one here observed this? Our tiny berry producers are all in much sunnier locations than their counterparts. I divided off about 8 new plants from them and planted them in shadier area’s, it will be interesting to see if berry size improves.