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    So.... a couple of years ago, in a fit of naïve optimism, I bought 6 cheap raspberry plants. I think it was 3 summer and 3 autumn but I'm not certain. The varieties weren't named.

    Life happened, I wasn't able to clear a space for them, so I heeled them in, in their pots, and surprisingly they survived.

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    So what do I do with them? By some miracle I'm a bit ahead this season, and probably have a chance to make a space for them now. How can I tell which is which, and should I cut them back or not?

    Any advice gratefully received! :-)

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    Get them out of the pots and into the ground. By the end of the season you'll be able to tell which is which: if the new shoots coming from the base don't fruit this year they are the summer fruiting ones.

    My tip: make sure the two sets of plants are a long way apart, otherwise they will mix themselves up together in no time at all.
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    From what I can see, all the new shoots are coming from the existing cane, not the base?

    I'll clear a patch and get them in, then see what happens, thanks.

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    New growth coming from the existing canes are probably the summer raspberries and this new growth should be developing flowers soon, however if they are confined they may not be putting up too many new canes - that's what happened to my summer rasps before I planted them out last year basically only putting up a cane to replace the old cane. Once I got them in the ground they put up a couple of new canes in spring then a load more in Summer/Autumn
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    The second photo looks more like a currant than a raspberry
    Look on the bright side

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    VC, you were right! When I excavated from the jungle I found I actually had 8 plants, and two were currants (although I'm sure I didn't intentionally buy currants!)

    No idea what sort, though...
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    I suppose you expect me to tell you the type of currant now
    Rub a leaf - if it smells blackcurranty it is!
    If it has buds, red & white currants have clusters of droopy greenish flowers - hanging like a bunch of grapes. Blackcurrants are less bunchy and purpley
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