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Jul 03, Some varieties are finished or almost finished fruiting by now. Our growing season is long enough that we can prune blueberries soon after harvest (by the end of July, as a rule of thumb), and the plants will have time to set flower buds (from which fruit develop) for the next year on shoots that grow after treecut.buzzted Reading Time: 3 mins.

Jul 11, When should I start pruning my blueberry bushes in Louisiana? After establishment, rabbiteye blueberries require little pruning until they reach about 6 to 8 feet in height. At this point, a cane renewal pruning program should be started. Remove one to three of the largest canes each winter at zero to 24 inches from ground level or a total of about Home Blueberry Production in Louisiana 5 Figure 1: Pruning at planting.

Remove low, twiggy growth entirely and tip remaining shoots to remove all the flower buds. About 1/2 to 1/3 of the plant top should be removed in this process. Mulch 4 inches deep with pine needles or pine bark after planting. Plant Selection and EstablishmentFile Size: 1MB. 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. Fall pruning is not recommended, because the new shoots could be killed by a cold winter.

Nov 25, 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). Remove any diseased or broken wood, plus crossing branches. 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. 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.

Mar 26, The best time to prune your blueberry bushes is in the late winter or early spring. If you live further south, I recommend the earlier pruning time. I live in the southeast, and I never know when we’ll get an usually warm early spring, so you don’t want to wait too far into the spring and affect your harvest. It's also best to prune on a dry day. If you're like us, the answer for when to prune blueberries (in Washington State) would be mid-January through the first part of March.

I also was out for a run and happened upon my wonderful neighbor pruning her blueberries. When vigorous new vertical sprouts come, this fall or next spring, pinch out the tips when they reach six feet tall.

This will result in plenty of horizontal branches and lots of blueberries for you next year. MORE INFORMATION. Blueberry Factsheet.