Pruning Southern Highbush Blueberry in Florida
'Farthing' blueberry plants previously trained to a narrow crown with cartons. Credit: J. Williamson, UF/IFAS
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How to Cite

Phillips, Doug, and Jeffrey Williamson. 2020. “Pruning Southern Highbush Blueberry in Florida”. EDIS 2020 (2).


Pruning is an essential part of blueberry production and is used to help establish new plantings; promote postharvest growth of new foliage and fruiting wood; balance vegetative and reproductive growth; reduce disease and certain insect pressure; assist in harvesting efficiency; and promote new cane growth and plant longevity. This new 3-page publication of the UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences Department is a discussion of pruning practices on southern highbush blueberry in Florida. Written by Douglas A. Phillips and Jeffrey G. Williamson.

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Kovaleski, A., J. Williamson, and B. Casamali. 2015. "Effects of Timing and Intensity of Summer Pruning on Vegetative Traits of Two Southern Highbush Blueberry Cultivars." HortScience 50 (1): 68-73.

Lee, S., J. Cho, M. Shin, S. Oh, H. Kim, and J. Kim. 2015. "Effects of Summer Pruning Combined with Winter Pruning on Bush Growth, Yields, and Fruit Quality of 'Misty' Southern Highbush Blueberry for Two Years after Planting." Hortic. Environ. Biotechnol. 56 (6): 740-748.

Retamales, J. B., and J. F. Hancock. 2012. Blueberries. CAB International, Cambridge, MA.

Williamson, J., F. Davie, and P. Lyrene. 2004. Pruning Blueberry Plants in Florida. HS985. Gainesville: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

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