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Pruning this floppy blueberry

Posted by Buckeye85 NE Ohio (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 25, 14 at 22:34

I had pretty good success with this third year plant (lots of delicious fruit), but during fruiting it sort of flopped over and I know it needs pruned... I'm just not certain where to start. I know approximately zero about pruning and the internet has not offered clear guidelines. The most bowed over branches seem the thickest and I'm afraid to chop them. Any tips? Is it in awful shape? Which/what should I cut? Help!

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RE: Pruning this floppy blueberry

  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Tue, Mar 25, 14 at 22:43

The alternative to chopping is training it upright. Four stakes around the container perimeter and some twine will get it upright. Hold it there a year and you'll have upright shoots. Do some pruning to balance things out. Training will give you a much bigger crop this year than severe pruning.

RE: Pruning this floppy blueberry

And provide full day sunlight so that the stems are stronger and more upright.

RE: Pruning this floppy blueberry

Is it Rubel by any chance?It has a growth habit like that. Brady

RE: Pruning this floppy blueberry

I had to go look at my notes because I wasn't sure...I have two the same age, so this is either a Duke or Blueray. Thank you for the tips on training it... I hadn't even considered that! I'm really just feeling my way in the dark here.

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