Blueberry bush with not many buds

Asked January 15, 2020, 11:25 AM EST

Hello, I bought a blueberry bush June 2019. It had a good number of blueberries already on the plant and I took it out of the pot and planted it in my garden (adding soil acidifier and Hollytone). I'm planning on pruning my blueberry bushes (I have 7 bushes) in February but I noticed one didn't have much flowering buds on it. Nor did it have a lot of the buds for the green leaves. Should I prune this or do you think I should replace it?

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

At this point, we recommend removing the flowers from 2 year plants to encourage good root growth and establishment. You can prune weak growth only. If the plants are healthy, they should be fine. Here is more information on pruning https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/pruning-blueberries

The most important thing to do is keep the plants well-watered throughout the growing season and into the fall. Drip irrigation or soaker hoses would make this easier. Here is information on mulching and watering. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/blueberry-care

Marian