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Do blueberry plants need to be pruned?




  • AliPAliP Posts: 64

    To get the best fruit production yes.  Blueberries fruit on the previous years growth and you prune them when they are dormant Nov-Mar.

    They don't need much in the first 2-3 years just try to keep the bush open centred and remove any crossing branches.

    Subsequent years:
    - cut out any dead, dying, diseased, crossing growth
    - cut one or two of the oldest canes down to the ground
    This way you keep a constant renewal of young growth alongside the fruiting canes. Hope that helps.

  • Sando2Sando2 Posts: 2

    Brill!  Thanks so much for the information.

  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,493

    There are different varieties of Blueberry and some you do not prune. You need to find your variety and follow instructions for that. I agree with the pruning out of dead, diseased or corssing growth though. Keep moist all year - they are effectively bog plants.

  • AliPAliP Posts: 64

    Blairs would be interested to know the varieties you don't prune as I didn't realise this. Thanks.

  • which one's don't need pruning then

  • and do you need more than one

  • I grow blueberries and am always afraid to prune them just in case I stop them fruiting.  Mine are about 3 years old and I must say I have had loads on them but the bushes do not look as compact as the picture in the brochure where I purchased them from.  Perhaps I should have a go.

  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,493

    An example of Blueberry that doe not need regular pruning is Tophat which is a patio variety. As a rule, prune as you harvest and you will not go wrong and that saves you cutting that years growth which is next years fruit.

  • Do they do well in pots?
  • Hello gardenbabe,

    They do do well in pots, and this is a good way to provide the acid conditions they require. Have a look at Chris Beardshaw's video on planting them.

    Emma team

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