Sunday, February 17, 2013

Tutorial on Pruning Blueberry Bushes

Please take advantage of our spring-like weather. 
Late winter to early spring, before bud break, is a good time to prune blueberries. You want to be certain the plants are dormant when you prune. 

Suggestions made during this tutorial include:

  • prune out old canes or weak shoots
  • when pruning out older branches, remove old canes as close to ground level as possible
  • blueberries fruit on one-year old shoots
  • swollen buds are fruit buds
  • smaller, pointed buds result in vegetative growth, which will be the fruit wood in the following year
  • best fruiting canes are three to six years old
  • removing at least 50% of the fruiting potential each year results in higher quality fruit and a longer, healthier life for the blueberry bush
Hope this helps when you head out to prune your blueberry bushes or inspires you to include blueberry bushes in your garden. 

A big thank you to the University of Maine for this tutorial. 

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