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Dig about 5 inches away on all accessible sides of the shoot.

Nov 25, To keep them producing well, blueberry bushes need to be pruned every year. If your bushes have never been trimmed, be careful not to go overboard the first year: Remove no more than two or three of the oldest canes (more than seven years old).

Remove any diseased or broken wood, plus crossing branches. Jul 26, 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. This means any criss-crossing branches should be removed to allow for more sunlight and better air circulation.

Also, cut out any short, soft shoots developing from the base of the bush late in Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins. For maximum fruit size, cut back fruiting shoots, leaving 4 or 5 fruit buds per shoot. Pruning should be done in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Any pruning is better than no pruning; any cut is a good cut.

It is impossible to harm a bush by pruning. Unpack and Soak: Unpack your blueberry bush and soak in water for 3 to 6 hours just before planting. Cut Broken Roots. Dig Hole (s): The width of the hole should allow you to spread roots. If you are planting multiple blueberries, dig holes 4'-6' apart. If you are creating several rows dig holes 7'' apart. May 20, Blueberries grow on the side-shoots, off of the main branches of the bushes. Blueberries only grow on branches that are at least one year old.

Branches over four years may have a smaller crop. You must prune the bushes so that they provide enough new growth for blueberry production next year%(75).