Blueberry Phenology: Vegetative Growth

In blueberry plants, root and shoot growth occur in flushes throughout the growing season. Apparently, there is a cycling pattern between root and shoot growth during summer, but these cycles are not absolute.

Two major flushes of shoot and root …

Biotechnology and Blueberries

In order to obtain a useful trait in a cultivated plant that may not exist in a species, or to enhance a desirable trait such as yield quality, a biotechnological approach that involves moving a gene from one organism into …

Mulching Blueberry Bushes

Mulching with organic materials, such as pine bark, pine needles, leaves, hay, wood chips, sawdust or other organic materials is very beneficial for soil health. Well-maintained mulch can help control weeds, and keep soil cool, loose and uniformly moist. Mulch …

Pruning Blueberry Bushes

Cane renewal of rabbiteye blueberries 6 feet and taller. Remove one to three of the oldest, tallest canes each winter or about 20 percent of the canopy. In addition, excessively tall canes can be pruned back to 6 to 8

Soil Drainage and Irrigation for Blueberry Crops

Utilizing proper soil drainage and irrigation techniques are important to growing healthy blueberry patches.

Soil Drainage

Adequate soil drainage is essential for healthy blueberry patches. Blueberry plants will not tolerate excessive moisture (wet feet) for long periods. In low, poorly …

Site Selection for Blueberry Production

Old pasture sites or old farmland with a pH below 5.5 may be well-adapted to blueberry culture.

Site selection is crucial to the success of a blueberry planting. Soil properties (including fertility and terrain), climatic factors, and irrigation water quality …