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paul12
May 28, 2018 7:00 PM CST
Hello,
I have 2 questions. I hope it is ok to ask questions as a new member. I cant seem to find answers to specific gardening questions anywhere. Any help would be appreciated.
My first question is about a blackberry plant. I bought a blackberry plant, it just started growing one new stem out of the bag I purchased it in, I re-potted it successfully, and that nite something bit the top of the stem off. There is only one leaf left, with a bit off top. Will it continue to grow? Will a new shoot come out of the same/only one new stem growing that the top was bitten off? Or is it like a sunflower, where if the top is cut off, it will not grow?
My second question is about blueberry plants. Pretty sure I hv a highbush-blueray. I know you are supposed to prune in the winter, so this is a question for future help. I have watched several videos on how to trim them. They say to cut old woody branches down to the ground, they are the less productive branches. So my plant is maybe 5-6 yrs old. It never has really produced any berries, and it grew very slow, so i never really pruned it. I started reading why, and pruning and another plant came into mind from reading. Like I said the vids say to cut old woody branches to the ground. So my plant is a decent size, maybe 2 ft tall. But all of its growth is off of only 2 woody branches. The whole 2 ft of plant is from the 2 woody branches, and many other green shoots off them. There is only 2 other green branches/shoots coming from the ground So my question after explaining a little is if I prune it this winter, like the vid says, cut the woody branches to the ground, I feel like that is the entire plant. Berries come from last yrs growth, so if I cut the two main branches there wont be anything left to the bush, and I surly will not get berries in the spring. Should I do this? Or just trim the green branches that are coming off them, and leave the 2 main woody branches? I also bought another plant this yr.

I tried to include a pic to show what I mean. It looks different, one shot is at nite, and I took and underneath shot, and a top shot, but same plant. You can see the 2 main woody branches, supporting pretty much the entire bush.

Thank You
Paul

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Name: Kyle
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quercusnut
May 30, 2018 8:18 AM CST
I would leave the blueberry alone for now. It's odd that it hasn't bloomed. I have small blueberries that bloom and have berries. Your bush appears healthy. No idea why it won't bloom. Maybe someone else will know.
It's very possible the blackberry will send up new growth. It's a wait and see.
Name: Celia
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Zencat
May 30, 2018 9:12 AM CST
I will echo what Kyle said about the blackberry. It very well could get new growth. Wait awhile and see what happens.

Also, yes. Anyone is allowed to ask questions. Thumbs up

And Welcome! to the site!
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Hummingbirder Plant Identifier
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Zencat
May 30, 2018 9:15 AM CST
Do you have any ideas on what ate your blackberry so you can prevent more damage?

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