Raspberries will grow happily without any support at all, but having a raspberry trellis /support system makes gardening easier for you! If left to their own devices, raspberries will form an arching plant about 7 to 9 feet tall.
Making a support keeps these plants neat and tidy, enables easy walking between rows, and makes harvesting convenient.
This raspberry trellis is simple and easy, no carpentry needed!
Materials you’ll need for your DIY Raspberry Trellis:
6 foot tall stakes or posts, Wire(10 or 12 gauge galvanized wire works well), Mallet, Old carpet or cardboard
Step 1- Outline your raspberry patch
Start by outlining the confines of your raspberry beds. Mine are 3′ x 12′.
Three feet depth gives you the ability to reach into the center of the patch from either side, not missing any juicy treasures!
If your raspberries are growing along a fence or wall, keep the depth of your bed at 18″ so you can reach in to harvest easily.
Lay down strips of old carpet, wood, or even cardboard boxes around the bed you have outlined, creating a border and barrier so your new raspberry shoots will come up in your patch, not in your path.
Step 2- Put in support stakes or poles
Step 3- Wrap wire around the stakes
Step 4- Tuck those raspberries into bed
Step 5- Prune back your canes
Step 6- Maintenance
About the Author-Diane H.
I love to garden! For me, it is miraculous to see plants grow, nourishing and therapeutic to work in the garden, and health-building to eat your own homegrown foods. Fresh raspberries from the garden can’t be beat! I am not a fan of backbreaking work, though, so the easy way in gardening always has appeal to me. My husband and I are the parents of 7 children whom I home schooled. We live on 7 acres in the Rocky Mountains, with a short growing season.
Andrew Saal says
Have you ever considered a trellis system that actually spreads the plant out to allow better sun penetration and air flow. Check out ibexgrows.com. They have been used on commercial farms for years and are now availabe to home growers.
Path Soong says
Your instructions are very helpful. Simple.
How much space between the rows do you suggest ?
Dianne South says
How many plants need to be in a 12′ by 3′ raspberry bed? Also, how far should they be spaced out? I love to make homemade jam and jelly, so I can never have too much fruit.
I’d say no more than four, maybe three.
Ben McLellan says
18 inches apart
You should tie each individual primal cane (before it leafs out) to the top trellis wire. It will look like the letter V when you are looking DOWN the length of your hedgerow. This V pattern allows for better airflow and sunlight which reduces disease problems, increases fruit and makes it easier to harvest. Also, don’t be afraid to make a 2- 3′ wide bed with your planting if you want more canes to produce more fruit. The 1′ wide path won’t give you nearly as much fruit but then again you won’t have to weed as much. So, if you want more fruit, be ready to weed more.
Suzanne C says
Question if you keep pruning them, when do you stop so they can flower and fruit?
You only need to cut out the ones that are outside of the perimeter you set. Let the ones inside the trellis system flower and fruit.
I presently have my berries by a fence but am not really happy with it although they are happy. I am thinking of putting them in a new spot and using my old clothesline posts as the main support of the trellis. Can you see a problem with that?
No, I don’t see an issue with that at all.
Annette Allyn Aguilar-Gomez says
Am struggling with red raspberries, because my nana had them. Great information on setting up the bed.