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Week of February 25, 2021

Pruning your established blueberry bushes will help to increase fruit production and improve the overall health of your plant. If you live in a mild winter region, pruning can be done during the winter. However, in harsh winter regions, pruning should be delayed until the end of winter or beginning of spring. First remove any dead branches from the plant. Dead or dying branches will be a different color than living tissue. Next remove any root suckers that are growing away from the center of the plant. Cut out any branches that are crossing or rubbing and open up the center of the bush to allow for improved light penetration and air circulation. If you live in a warmer winter region, your buds may be starting to swell and this is a good time to fertilize. Since blueberries thrive on low pH soils, it is also a good time to check the pH and make any adjustments if needed.
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