Blueberries – pruning

Q: When do you prune blueberries? I have had a full month of fruit! It is about to end, so I need to know how to keep it this good for next year.

A: Immediately after harvest is the best time to prune blueberries, if they need it. Your biggest task is to keep the bush at the right size for picking. If there are any sprouts taller than six feet, cut them back to five feet high. This will encourage horizontal branches, where fruit are formed. Every couple of years, cut the oldest central stem down to two feet, promoting new growth low in the plant. The University of Georgia has an excellent publication about this carefree fruit. You can get it from your local Extension service office (404-897-6261) or download it from their website.

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