Sep 26, When to Prune. Skip to When to Prune. Blueberries should be pruned during the winter while the bushes are dormant. In winter, flower buds are easily visible on one-year-old wood and their numbers can be adjusted by pruning to regulate the Estimated Reading Time: 6 mins. How do you prune blueberry bushes in North Carolina? Once plants reach years old, prune them each winter by cutting out 3 to 4 of the largest, oldest canes. Crossing, diseased and low hanging branches should also be removed.
Prune after the plants have shed their leaves but before flower buds begin to open (Dec-March). May 29, Now that we are in late winter, with spring just around the corner, now is the time to prune blueberry bushes before new growth emerges.
When pruning blueberry bushes, you should prune to so the bush has a narrow base and is open in the center. Year Three – the bush is well established and capable of producing a significant crop.
However, routine pruning should still remove 40 to 50% of the flower buds. Begin selecting new basal shoots that will replace older canes. Before Pruning in February of year 3 After Pruning Prune. 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 any diseased or broken wood, plus crossing branches. After the third year, a mature cultivated blueberry plant has canes which originate from the crown. Pruning controls the crop to increase fruit quality. When the bushes are mature after several years, remove older central canes and prune inward pointing laterals back to the main cane. Prune when dormant in late winter or early spring.