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pruning blueberries???

sybillesybille Posts: 76

I have a rather big blueberry bush/shrub(??) plant?

in a container, have just harvested the last berries and now I wonder whether I can prune it back a little bit or would it damage the plant? it has grown quite vigorously.....

I would be grateful for some experts advice!

Last edited: 06 August 2017 13:40:47

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,391

    You can cut some of the older stems right back to the base which will promote strong new shoots from below ground or low down on existing stems.  Don't cut any of the shoots which have grown this year as it is those which will bear the flowers and fruit next year.  Also remove any spindly shoots at the base and the twiggy bits which bore the fruit this year. 

    However, don't do any of this until the bush goes dormant - prune it during winter.  RHS advice here:

    https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=85

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • sybillesybille Posts: 76

    Thank you very much Bob!

    I will wait until it has "gone to sleep"...image

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