November 16, 2010
November 16, 2010
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I have 600 blueberry bushes that range from 6 to 15 feet tall. I am getting ready to cut them all back to about 5 feet. Will that harm them in any way and is it ok to do that at this time of year?
Severe pruning will not kill the plant and normally results in bigger but fewer berries. The best time to prune is when the plants are dormant, which is late fall through very early spring. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/blueberries/blueberry-plant-pruning.htm
Blueberries like acidic soil. Use pine needles.
I bought a blueberry plant at the beginning of the summer. It gave great berries and grew well. I brought the plant inside because it was cold outside. Now the leaves are dropping off. Will this plant live through the winter?
These plants really need a cold period to do well. Right now, it is trying to go into dormancy. I would place it out in an attached garage or a shed for teh rest of the winter.
My potted blueberry bush did not blossom or bear fruit last year (first year). I brought it inside from the MI winter and wonder how to care for it so it will blossom and bear fruit this coming summer.
As far as no fruit production, do you what variety you have? If it's a 'dwarf/lowbush', you don't get a good harvest right away, as they are slow growing. It can take up to 5 years to get a significant fruiting.
Generally, you want at least 1 plant of 2 different varieties for best pollination. It's not absolutely necessary though, if you'll be happy with a handful or two of berries. And there are some varieties that do well without another plant nearby.
As far as caring for it during the winter inside, you need to keep it in an unheated garage with just a bit of watering and it doesn't need light. You want to keep it as cold as possible without freezing. If there is likelihood of freezing temperatures, just simply cover the plant with an overturned box.
I hope this helps!
My blueberry bushes put off little amounts of berries. They are over three years old. What makes the veins turn green, then yellow. The bed is made up of compost, pine needles, and oak leaves. It receives sun then shade.
Iron deficiency is normally the cause of that. Here is more information on that problem and how to fix it: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/leaf-chlorosis-and-iron.htm