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Pruning Young Blueberry Plants.

Young blueberry bushes are usually planted in late winter while fully dormant and leafless. In North Carolina, this translates to February or early March. During the first year, flower buds are removed by pruning, or by stripping off flowers by hand after the blooms emerge.

InAuthor: Bill. Feb 13, Dr. Bill Cline is the specialist at NC State University. He did a video on pruning blueberries. This video starts in the classroom and shows how the pruning is supposed to be done.

Then the group go out into a blueberry patch and practice what they have learned. Here is a link to a video with Dr.

Bill Cline pruning blueberry shrubpruning.buzzted Reading Time: 2 mins.

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BLUEBERRIES IN NORTH CAROLINA Home garden and pick -your-own plantings exist throughout the state, but our main commercial crop is harvested in southeastern NC (blue area) with an annual farm gate value of 71M. Limited to unique, low pH sand- based organic soils (Leon, Lynn Haven series), or organic muck soils (i.e., Carolina Bays). 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).

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.

Jul 26, Pruning blueberries is essential in order to maintain their size, shape, and productivity. When blueberry plants are not pruned, they can become overgrown masses of weak, leggy growth with small fruit.

However, severe pruning can lead to larger berries but fewer in number. 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).