Q: I have over one hundred rabbiteye blueberry plants, some almost 20 years old, and they need pruning. I get conflicting information on the proper time to prune. Please tell me when will be the best time. A: Blueberries flower and fruit the heaviest on new. 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). May 04, Blueberries, like cranberries, also help prevent urinary tract infections. Rabbiteye blueberries are native to Georgia and make up most of our commercial production. Blueberries are harvested in Georgia from late May through mid-July. In Georgia blueberries are grown commercially primarily in the southern part of the stumpgrind.buzzted Reading Time: 4 mins.
Jul 26, For trimming blueberry bushes, you should remove any lower growth to prevent fruits from settling on the ground. When pruning blueberries, you’ll want to allow light to penetrate the center of the plant.
This means any criss-crossing branches should be removed to allow for more sunlight and better air stumpgrind.buzzted Reading Time: 2 mins. 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 the.
After your blueberry bushes have been in production for a few years, you will want to prune them to open the way for new growth. Advertisement You'll need a good strategy to keep the birds away, unless you don't mind having the birds raid your plants. If you don't want to share the blueberries with the birds, then you're going to want to cover.
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. 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.
Mature bushes have a mix of younger and older canes. You want to start by taking a good look at your blueberry bush.
Note how it is growing.