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Q.Can You Split Blueberry Bushes?

Zone Georgia | jjmontana45 added on January 26, 2012 | Answered

I’m wondering if there is a way to start new bushes from my established ones? Also, do you recommend trimming the height of the bushes as well as thinning them out? Thanks you.

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Answered on January 27, 2012

Blueberry plants are shrubs and can't be divided the way most perennials are; however, you could propagate them via their shoots, which are found around the base of the bushes. They can also be propagated through cuttings, both hardwood and softwood cuttings. Most propagation is done with hardwood cuttings, as they are easier to handle and are less perishable than softwood cuttings. However, softwood cuttings generally grow quicker. Here is more information on how to propagate cuttings: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/how-to-root-cuttings-from-various-shrubs-bushes-and-trees.htm

As for pruning, this article should be of some help to you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/blueberries/blueberry-plant-pruning.htm

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