How soon can I start pruning blueberries?

Asked November 16, 2013, 12:51 PM EST

I have some very large Jersey bushes. I need help keeping them low enough for easy picking. I have been pruning them like the other mature bushes I have but it seems they need something different.

Multnomah County Oregon fruits and vegetables blueberries pruning

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Blueberries do require specialized pruning techniques. You will want to first remove any weak or broken canes and then also the oldest canes, which will be larger and gray in color. Here are great step-by-step instructions for blueberry pruning including a video: http://umaine.edu/publications/2253e/
Here is a great resource from OSU on growing blueberries: extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes/sites/default/files/ec1304.pdf‎

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Weston