Ripe and unripe blueberries on a bush The mystery and art of pruning a bush is revealed. ", "Hi Lynn, if the berries look healthy I wonder if your bushes are getting enough water? However, I am not sure how to prune back winter cold damage. Prune mature blueberries between November to March when they’re dormant. I for one appreciate your knowledge and advice! The best time to prune your blueberry bushes is in the late winter or early spring. However, being a blueberry, I wonder if your soil isn't right for it. (Old wood is grey, has spindlier side-shoots and fewer fruit buds.). However, if you find that your young plant hasn’t bushed out in the first year, you could encourage it by cutting the longest stems back by around a third, to just above an outward-facing bud. Did I tell you they were leggy? ", "Hi, Steve I have to admit to, whenever I can, propagating by layering plants as it's such a labour-saving way of doing it (just potted up a couple of new gooseberry plants generated from layering this week) but I'd say August is getting a bit late for softwood cuttings unless you're somewhere that blueberries get going very late in the season. If successful, will end up with over 40 plants. All except 2 are over 7 feet tall. ", "My bluberries seem to be sprouting non woody sucker like branches at low level. I can't find any information on what the consequence of late pruning will be. We have to container garden here. Blueberry bushes don't really require a lot of attention. Make sure your plants are properly pruned, as described in the blog. do I need to cut those back? Lots of berries right now. Gathering no fruit but my question is can you take cuttings and if so when and how is best to do it? While you are tip pruning, you can also prune off any diseased or dead canes. Here's his answer to your question: Cuttings for blueberry bushes are usually taken from soft green wood. I just transplanted 2 of them to a different area..using acid compost, dry horse manure, good soil, organic all purpose fertilizer 4-4-4 and cottonseed. Pruning of blueberries is not absolutely necessary, but light trimming can take place at almost any time during the growing season. Have read the article, and will choose and mark the ones to be sacrificed this winter, and save the others for next year, and so on, till I get a manageable plant. The best time to prune blueberries is in late winter to early spring (January to early March) after all chance of severe weather has passed. ", "I'd like to know where to buy a good sized blueberry bush, rather than the weedy looking plants I have seen on the internet The fruit is produced on the tips of side-shoots which were new the previous year. What we filled the new beds with was straw bales at the base, and compost above, and then continue to top off with compost as it settles. Will keep all posted, as I cannot imagine I am the only one who would like to do this. Most blackberries (except ‘Reuben’) fruit on last year’s canes from late summer onwards. Remove these to prevent the bush becoming too spread out. Have one bush over 25 years old. Your blueberry bushes will be glad to be rid of the dead wood! Prune bushes in late winter when they are still dormant. Will follow through. You could contact the company and see if they can tell you what they sprayed, and then contact the herbicide company to ask if they recommend anything. I live in Northern California where my climate geets down to freezing once in a while. Should canes be coming up from below the soil line as well off existing canes? This is its third year. If you've seen any pests or beneficial insects in your garden in the past few days please report them to The Big Bug Hunt and help create a warning system to alert you when bugs are heading your way. Well, they have grown maybe 3 inches since that time, have leafed out nicely but only about 10 buds per plant have arrived (which i pick off like you say). If I just cut everything off at belt level, will I kill the bush, or will they come back next year. ", "Well, what I thought was going to be a good year just came to a halt. This, of course, means pruning. How to prune blueberries. ", "thank you Ann Marie Hendry. At first they looked like they were doing well and put out some leaves, but them withered and gave up the ghost. How to Grow Blueberry Plants in the UK. Any advice for starting besides what you have given? Pruning blueberry bushes and proper blueberry bush care can help yield not only a larger harvest but also larger, juicier berries. Blueberries have a very fresh taste when picked straight off the bush. The 25 year old one is about 15 feet tall, and very leggy. If brown, it's dead. It has been two years and the new plant is growing nicely and producing berries. ", "I "inherited" half-dozen old plants on my land, and this article was helpful getting them into shape after years of neglect. ", "My bushes had an unusually heavy snow and the weight of the snow broke many branches and I would like to know how I should go about pruning. Keep plants watered in dry weather. You must prune the bushes so that they provide enough new growth for blueberry production next year. Now, Part 2. Make the cut slightly sloping to prevent any accumulation of rain water on the top of the cut stem. If your bushes are large with thick canes, use long-handled loppers for cutting tough stems. Strik's research shows that annual, moderate pruning results in bushes with the fewest canes, but with the greatest yields and largest berries. Someone once said that growing blueberry plants in Scotland would be difficult and they would not survive as it was too cold and the soil was not good. Here's a tip on how to grow your own blueberries. Regardless of what portion of the tree you prune, do not leave a stub! This is called layering and should produce a new rooted plant by the next season. Will I do major damage by cutting the oldest canes out this fall? ", "Hi Brian. Pruning in March also means that it’s easier to distinguish flower buds (fatter and rounder) from leaf buds (thinner and pointier), although you can wait until the blossom’s out to remove some, should you decide to do that. (In essence, fruit is produced on year-old wood.) ", "Hi Diana. Now is the time to prune blueberries, and you can prune apple, pear, and plum trees from now through late March! I'm now of the opinion that there are some canes that get too big to cut (If I cut the oldest one the entire bush might die like my low bush did). 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