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Prune blueberries?
August 3, 2014
3:38 pm
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PaulaA
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Does anyone have a simple explanation of how to prune blueberry bushes?  Mine are in the garden four years now, and I just realized they need to be pruned.  In August. But, for some reason, whenever I read instructions on how to prune anything, my head almost explodes!  I spent hours trying to find something I could understand on pruning Concord grapes...I think I finally got it.  Anyway, the bushes produced well this year, I thought, each is a different variety and it's fun to taste the subtle differences.

If anyone can explain how to prune, and also when and what to fertilize with, I'd sure appreciate it.  Thanks!

Paula

August 12, 2014
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Blueberry bushes like high acid soil. I planted mine in1997 in an area of my property that was growing sage grass. Now there isn't any sage grass. Blueberries take the least maintenance of any thing I have ever grown. The only time I prune them is if there are dead or broken branches. I have a big pine tree in my yard so in the fall if I have time I rake up pine needles and scatter them around the bushes. If they need fertilized it should be done in the spring when they are blooming. You can use aluminum sulfate which you find at some garden or farm stores.  You can also use azalea or rhododendron fertilizer. Follow package directions. I sprinkle about 2 ounces around the bushes drip edge if I fertilize at all. Hope this is helpful.

 

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August 12, 2014
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Tressa, thanks so much!  It's good to know that they will forgive my lackadaisical gardening style.  We have naturally acidic soil, the kind that rhodies and bluberries thrive in, and we prepared it pretty well before planting.  And I just read from Oregon State that I should wait until winter to prune anything.  So, I'll give them a sprinkle of  rhodie fertilizer in the spring and call it good.  Thanks!

Paula

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