London (change)
13 messages
13/03/2012 at 10:41

Do blueberry plants need to be pruned?


14/03/2012 at 20:56

To get the best fruit production yes.  Blueberries fruit on the previous years growth and you prune them when they are dormant Nov-Mar.

They don't need much in the first 2-3 years just try to keep the bush open centred and remove any crossing branches.

Subsequent years:
- cut out any dead, dying, diseased, crossing growth
- cut one or two of the oldest canes down to the ground
This way you keep a constant renewal of young growth alongside the fruiting canes. Hope that helps.

15/03/2012 at 17:18

Brill!  Thanks so much for the information.

15/03/2012 at 19:21

There are different varieties of Blueberry and some you do not prune. You need to find your variety and follow instructions for that. I agree with the pruning out of dead, diseased or corssing growth though. Keep moist all year - they are effectively bog plants.

15/03/2012 at 21:22

Blairs would be interested to know the varieties you don't prune as I didn't realise this. Thanks.

15/03/2012 at 22:43
15/03/2012 at 23:16

which one's don't need pruning then

15/03/2012 at 23:17

and do you need more than one

16/03/2012 at 10:03

I grow blueberries and am always afraid to prune them just in case I stop them fruiting.  Mine are about 3 years old and I must say I have had loads on them but the bushes do not look as compact as the picture in the brochure where I purchased them from.  Perhaps I should have a go.

16/03/2012 at 10:16

An example of Blueberry that doe not need regular pruning is Tophat which is a patio variety. As a rule, prune as you harvest and you will not go wrong and that saves you cutting that years growth which is next years fruit.

16/03/2012 at 10:25
Do they do well in pots?
    16/03/2012 at 11:12

Hello gardenbabe,

They do do well in pots, and this is a good way to provide the acid conditions they require. Have a look at Chris Beardshaw's video on planting them.

Emma team

16/03/2012 at 11:14

Tophat? Yes they are patio plants designed for pots. I got a reasonable crop in the first year and bought more this year. Would recommend. To get a good crop you need a blueberry bush such as Chandler. I have a mix of them - all in pots (you will need large pots for Chandler)

email image
13 messages