We have 5 large blueberry plants in our backyard. They were here 10 years ago when we moved to this Clackamas home. They are delicious and large and not all the same kind. However, I really would love to know how to prune them. I have a DVD about 'how to' prune them...but the blueberries in the DVD are so much nicer than mine...I really don't know what to do.
Is there some teacher who might want to show others the proper way to prune....you could use my blueberry bushes as examples? cj
It is almost too late to prune in my opinion. I can give you some advice without being able to see the plants.
1.) fruit is produced on 1 year old stems pruning often cuts off fruiting wood it's a compromise
2.) most all shrubs can benefit from thinning the canopy to allow air circulation, blueberries included
3.) blueberries are cane growers and produce new canes from the bottom
4.) to stimulate new cane growth old canes need to be removed
Blueberry shrubs have good vigour meaning they can be pruned heavily without problems. A good guide to how many canes are needed? is 7-10. Older neglected blueberries might not have enough canes and might not look like the pictures in books and other media, and rejuvenation is in order.
Rejuvenation usually means sacrificing fruit, pruning drastically and is not a task for beginners.
Yamhill County Master Gardener