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Strong shoots from blueberry bush


I have several blueberry bushes in large containers and some of them have each put out a single, very strong shoot this year from the base that is almost as tall as the shrub. Does anyone know why the shrub has done this and whether I should prune it back to the base? 

Many thanks


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,067

    How old and what size are these bushes Rachel?  If they are only a year or two old, it sounds like they have just established properly and you want to encourage strong shoots like these.  The idea is to continually replace the oldest shoots with new ones;  You should prune out some of the oldest stems in February and new stems like these should appear to replace them.  Here is the RHS guide to growing blueberries:


    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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