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Why I don't prune my blueberries

 
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Blueberry blossoms are such a beautiful site in the spring!

Blueberries bloom on the tips of last year's growth, so if you prune off the tips of your bushes, you will be pruning off a lot of potential blueberries.

Here's a recent video of one of my blueberry bushes that hasn't been pruned.



My blueberry bushes have had just slight minor pruning of dead branches and they have been thriving and producing tons of blueberries!

If your plants have naturally healthy soil, they will grow more vigorously and can support a lot of fruit!

The native pollinators love blueberry blossoms too and have been busy at work!

Have you tried growing blueberries naturally without pruning them?
 
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Hi Steve, thanks for the tip!  I planted two blueberry bushes about 18 months ago. Unfortunately, a dozer operator got one of them despite me pointing out their location before he started. Anyway, my question is, do I need another bush to pollinate, or are they self-pollinators?
 
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Artie Scott wrote:Hi Steve, thanks for the tip!



Glad it was helpful!

I planted two blueberry bushes about 18 months ago. Unfortunately, a dozer operator got one of them despite me pointing out their location before he started. Anyway, my question is, do I need another bush to pollinate, or are they self-pollinators?



If you've got highbush blueberries, they are generally more self fertile, and you could probably get away with having just one plant.

Rabbiteye blueberries are generally a little less self fertile, but some varieties can still be somewhat self fertile, so you may could still get away with having just one still.

Having another variety should help increase fruit set and have larger fruit, but as long as the variety you planted is at least a little self fertile, you should be able to enjoy some berries!
 
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That’s very helpful, thanks Steve!  I will plan to put in another soon then, sounds like they will both be more productive that way. And maybe I can take a cutting to propagate more.
 
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Overall it is always best to have more than one of any berry bush and more than one species. I currently have two bushes of a high bush and two of a low bush and I plan to end up the blueberry patch with 3 varieties and 4 plants of each as a minimum.
But that is because I love blueberries to eat in many ways including cobblers and pies, cakes,  bread, oatmeal topping, cereal topping, ice cream, etc.
 
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Artie Scott wrote:That’s very helpful, thanks Steve!  I will plan to put in another soon then, sounds like they will both be more productive that way. And maybe I can take a cutting to propagate more.



That sounds great Artie! I'd like to try taking some cuttings this year too.

I've had a lot of success taking side shoots from blueberries too, which start forming usually around year 3 or 4. It doesn't produce as many plants as with cuttings, but it's super fast and easy, and they already have a small root system established!

 
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Great video, Steve, thanks for that!  And thank you Bryant, I agree, no such thing as too many blueberries. I now have the excuse I need to plant more, and more varieties.
 
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This small and young blueberry bush has not been pruned and is producing lots of berries already and is most likely ahead of most blueberry bushes in our area.

The bottom of the plant is not pruned either, and the bottom branch is sending up a new vigorous shoot that will help increase fruit production in the future!

It is mulched with shredded Fall leaves, and I leave most "weeds" to grow unless they threaten overtaking the blueberry bush.

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