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May 20, To prune a young blueberry bush, remove crossed branches to allow the canes to grow straight up. This will produce stronger canes and keep fruit off the ground.

Also during the first 2 years, cut away any buds, as the bush needs to focus on growing, not producing%(75). Here are the steps in properly prune blueberry bushes: Visually observe the blueberry bush. Imagine what the plant should look like when pruning is completed.

Look for the strongest canes with the best flower buds and save them. Remove all diseased and broken canes. Remove dead twigs. Remove canes that are seven years old or older. Feb 03, Pruning an Older Blueberry Bush. The tidy-up comes first.

Prune out all the dead, diseased wood. Remove crossing stems and any crossing or particularly spindly-looking branches. Then remove any low branches that will touch the ground when fruit-laden. Blueberries have a shallow, spreading root system and suckers can sprout up some distance. 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. This means any criss-crossing branches Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins. 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.

(YouTube movie courtesy of Susan Dewes) 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. 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. When you’re pruning these blueberries, remove flower buds the first year and allow for leaf growth. You should also prune off old canes to inches tall. This will force new canes to develop from the base of the plant. High Bush. High bush varieties are tall, and the ones we often think of when picturing blueberry plants.