For maximum fruit size, cut back fruiting shoots, leaving 4 or 5 fruit buds per shoot. Pruning should be done in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Any pruning is better than no pruning; any cut is a good cut. It is impossible to harm a bush by pruning. The best time to prune blueberries is in late winter to early spring (January to early March) after all chance of severe weather has passed.
Young bushes generally do not require as much pruning; however, trimming blueberry bushes throughout the growing season may be necessary to maintain overall health and vigor. Unpack and Soak: Unpack your blueberry bush and soak in water for 3 to 6 hours just before planting. Cut Broken Roots. Dig Hole (s): The width of the hole should allow you to spread roots. If you are planting multiple blueberries, dig holes 4'-6' apart. If you are creating several rows dig holes 7'' apart.
Nov 25, 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.
Jul 11, Diseases such as viruses blueberry bush cut back be transmitted via cutting wood taken from infected bushes. Although distribution of blueberry viruses appears to be limited at this time in the Southeastern United States, avoid propagation from plants that have odd-looking or stunted foliage.
They may be harboring a virus that could reduce yields. Mar 26, How to Prune Blueberry Bushes. To start pruning blueberry bushes, you’ll need a good pair of hand pruners and perhaps a small hand saw for larger limbs that need to be pruned down.
The first step to pruning your blueberry bushes is to go through your bush and find small branches that intersect or cross over one another.