[NAFEX] Pruning blueberries
phainopepla at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 20 11:03:33 EDT 2008
How old are your plants, and how long are those two long canes? Pruning practices differ for plants in the first and second year after planting than they do for established bushes. For an established bush, you wouldn't want to prune these back because the tips are where the fruit will be next year and the plants will branch naturally on their own. If these are new plants I would head them back a little to prevent them from flowering and fruiting next spring. Blueberries do much better if you allow them to establish themselves for a year or two before allowing them to fruit. If the plants are in a good spot with adequate moisture and fertility, they should send up some new whips this spring and you won't have just the two.
phainopepla at yahoo.com
--- On Mon, 10/20/08, Harrick, Barbara <b.harrick at ilslaunch.com> wrote:
> From: Harrick, Barbara <b.harrick at ilslaunch.com>
> Subject: [NAFEX] Pruning blueberries
> To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
> Date: Monday, October 20, 2008, 7:16 AM
> Hi all. The pruning persimmons thread reminded me that I
> had a
> blueberry pruning question.
> Several of my plants have 2 branches coming out of the
> soil--can I prune
> these back (about 8 inches) in hopes of having fuller
> bushes as opposed
> to bushes that are only 2 long branches? The plants came
> this way and I
> would really like to shape them up a bit.
> Thanks, Barbara
> Barbara Harrick
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