"I found this article on pruning blueberries very helpful and has come at the right time for me. I have two 3year old and 1 one year old bush, and was wondering when and if to prune them.
Blueberries have a very fresh taste when picked straight off the bush. Beyond the initial challenge of establishing a new planting, there are really few pests that attack blueberry bushes. Proper weeding, fertilizing, insect and disease control, and proper pruning help to assure quality fruit at harvest.
Heavy pruning causes thicker and more leafy shoots than light pruning. The thicker and later-developing shoots tend to produce fewer fruit buds than those which stop growing earlier in the season. Fruit of the blueberry is borne on wood produced in the previous season (one-year-old wood).
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).
Pruning blueberries is slightly different than pruning fruit trees, though some of the principals remain the same. I can’t help but think of this verse every time I prune any of our plants. I’m always amazed at how gardening brings to mind so many of the scriptures.
See good pruning practices put into action in this drawing . Thank you to Growing Blueberries in the Sacramento Region by Chuck Ingels, Sacramento County Farm Advisor, our source for the diagram and much good information. For additional information on blueberry care see our video, blog posts on blueberries and our Growing Guide.
Prune any time over the dormant season (November to March), but ideally in late February or early March when the fruit buds can easily be distinguished from the leaf buds. Fat buds produce flowers and fruit, while smaller, flatter buds form shoots and leaves.
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Moderate pruning of highbush blueberries done every year can make the difference between a mediocre and a bumper crop – and in consistent production of quality fruit. Highbush blueberry, a native of North America, grows six to 12 feet tall and is the major blueberry-producing species in commerce.
Knowing how to prune blueberries is important; proper pruning of blueberries can make the difference between an average crop and a plentiful one. The type and amount of blueberry plant pruning, however, may depend on the type and size of the bush.
Setting out new plants --Always prune or rub off all flower buds and cut back 1/2 to 2/3 of the height at the time of planting. For potted plants, gently separate and spread out the roots so that
Pruning Blueberries David W. Lockwood, Professor, Plant Sciences Originally developed by Alvin Rutledge, Professor (retired) Plant and Soil Science Proper pruning practices in blueberries are important to maximize yields and quality throughout the life of the planting. Pruning should be done every year, beginning at the time plants are set.
How to Prune Blueberries In this Article: Article Summary Knowing the Basics of Blueberry Growth and Pruning Young Bushes Pruning an Older Blueberry Bush Community Q&A Regular pruning of blueberry bushes is important to keep them from becoming overgrown and unproductive.