pruning blueberry bushes - Knowledgebase Question

seale, al
Question by jacqs13
June 21, 2007
should blueberry bushes be pruned and if so, how often and how far back and what season? Thank you


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Answer from NGA
June 21, 2007

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Jacqueline,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

Blueberries are pruned in late winter. Starting in year 5 prune out 1/5 of the oldest canes or shoots emerging from the ground. Prune them all the way back to the ground. This gets the bush on a 5 year renewal cycle.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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