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Wear the gloves while pruning to protect your hands.

Select the appropriate tool to remove wood as cleanly as possible to avoid unnecessary injury to the plant.

Feb 03, Pruning an Older Blueberry Bush. The tidy-up comes first. Prune out all the dead, diseased wood. Remove crossing stems and any crossing or particularly spindly-looking branches.

Then remove any low branches that will touch the ground when fruit-laden. Blueberries have a shallow, spreading root system and suckers can sprout up some distance.

Wood that is over four years old begins to lose vigour and eventually becomes unproductive.

May 20, To prune a young blueberry bush, remove crossed branches to allow the canes to grow straight up. This will produce stronger canes and keep fruit off the ground. Also during the first 2 years, cut away any buds, as the bush needs to focus on growing, not producing%(75).

Jul 26, 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 shrubdelimbing.buzzted Reading Time: 2 mins. Pruning mature blueberry plants: remove weak, low-growing shoots (1) thin the crown of the plant by cutting out about 20 percent of the canes each year (2) head new, vigorous canes to about 4 to 6 inches below the top of the bush (3) 1 2} Excessive fruit set results in smaller, poorer-quality fruit and, potentially, reduced flower bud formation for theFile Size: KB.

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.