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Anonymous on
November 24, 2010

Q. Pruning Height of Blueberry Bushes

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?

Answered by
Heather on
November 25, 2010
Certified Expert
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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

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Anonymous on
December 2, 2010

Q. Composting Leaves to Fertilize Blueberries

I have an abundance of composted leaves (mixed) mostly pin oak. Is this good for my blueberries?

Answered by
Nikki on
December 3, 2010
Certified Expert
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Yes, composted leaves are very good for all plants. It will help add nutrients back to the soil.

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Answered by
roedl on
December 29, 2010
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Blueberries like acidic soil. Use pine needles.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
December 15, 2010

Q. Blueberry Plant

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?

Answered by
Heather on
December 26, 2010
Certified Expert
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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.

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Anonymous on
January 30, 2011

Q. Pruning of Blueberry Bushes

When is the best time to prune blueberry bushes, and how much do you cut off?

Answered by
Nikki on
January 31, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 10, 2011

Q. Care of Potted Blueberry Plant in 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.

Answered by
CaptainAng on
February 11, 2011
A.

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!

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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 22, 2011

Q. Yellow-Green Veins

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, andĀ oak leaves. It receivesĀ sun then shade.

Answered by
Nikki on
February 23, 2011
Certified Expert
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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

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