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Every year, use the following steps to prune your blueberries. Prune bushes in late winter when they are still dormant. As your plants grow older you want to focus pruning to maximize fruit production by giving the best canes plenty of room.
That would have robbed me of future fruiting wood.
Mature bushes have a mix of younger and older bushleaning.clubted Reading Time: 8 mins. Jan 21, The best time to prune is from January to early-March during the dormant period, advises Bernadine Strik, berry crops specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. Strik's research shows that annual, moderate pruning results in bushes with the fewest canes, but with the greatest yields and largest bushleaning.clubted Reading Time: 3 mins.
After the third year, a mature cultivated blueberry plant has canes which originate from the crown. Pruning controls the crop to increase fruit quality. When the bushes are mature after several years, remove older central canes and prune inward pointing laterals back to the main cane. Prune when dormant in late winter or early spring. Jun 09, Young bushes generally do not require as much pruning, however, trimming blueberry bushes throughout the growing season may be necessary to maintain overall health and vigor.
For instance, throughout the growing season, any weak or low growing shoots should be removed as well as dead, diseased, or insect infested canes that may be found. Jul 13, Shane Harris and Chip East with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System provide information on pruning rabbiteye blueberries.
Growers should prune blueberries to: stimulate new growth and plant vigor. remove dead or diseased wood. reduce the fruit load to make berries larger. keep plants a manageable size for harvesting.
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