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Make sure to prune your bush when it's dormant.

Pruning mature blueberry plants: remove weak, low-growing shoots (1) thin the crown of the plant by cutting out about 20 percent of the canes each year (2) head new, vigorous canes to about 4 to 6 inches below the top of the bush (3) 1 2} Excessive fruit set results in smaller, poorer-quality fruit and, potentially, reduced flower bud formation for theFile Size: KB. Pruning Young Blueberry Plants.

To prune a young blueberry bush, remove crossed branches to allow the canes to grow straight up.

Young blueberry bushes are usually planted in late winter while fully dormant and leafless. In North Carolina, this translates to February or early March.

During the first year, flower buds are removed by pruning, or by stripping off flowers by hand after the blooms emerge. InAuthor: Bill. Jul 26, The type and amount of blueberry plant pruning, however, may depend on the type and size of the bush.

For trimming blueberry bushes, you should remove any lower growth to prevent fruits from settling on the ground. When pruning blueberries, you’ll want to allow light to penetrate the center of the plant.

Also during the first 2 years, cut away any buds, as the bush needs to focus on growing, not producing.

This means any criss-crossing branches Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins. Nov 25, A. If a late frost didn't kill the buds, the bushes may be suffering from too much bounty and too little pruning. If growing in the type of environment they love - acid soil, not too competition from weeds, full sun - blueberry bushes are very prolific berry producers. Pruning: This is one of the most important, least understood, and most neglected aspects of blueberry culture.

Blueberries tend to overbear and when this happens year after year, new growth is suppressed, bushes lose vigor and become unproductive. In extreme cases berries remain small and fail to ripen. Jul 03, While it’s not absolutely necessary to prune blueberry plants every year, reducing their height can make them easier to pick.

The amount of new growth that the plants put out after they’re pruned will depend to some extent on their vigor and the fertility of the soil, but as a general guideline, cut them to about one foot lower than the maximum height at which you. Dec 24, Danny shows how to prune blueberry bushes. He gives a few tips on pruning and on fertilization of blueberry bushes. GARDEN LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!!

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