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Taking Care of Blueberry Bushes in the Winter

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Overview

Blueberries, favorites in pies, jams and juices, are fairly easy to grow. While blueberry bushes require specific climate and soil conditions to maximize their production, gardeners can ease back on their care during the winter months.

Step 1

Mulch your blueberries in late fall, at least two weeks before the first frost date. Adding mulch will give the bushes winter protection, but more importantly it will preserve moisture. Good choices for mulch include pine needles or leaf compost. If you use wood chips or sawdust, make sure they are partly decomposed so they do not remove nitrogen from the soil.

Step 2

Water after early September only if the soil is extremely dry or if you are in drought conditions.

Step 3

Prune your bushes in mid-March only if they are at least 4 years old. Blueberry bushes do not need to be pruned during their first three years. When you prune, remove dead and weak branches. Also remove any interior crossing branches.

Things You'll Need

  • Mulch
  • Pruning shears

References

  • OSU Extension: Blueberries in the Home Garden
  • UT Extension: Winterizing

Who Can Help

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Keywords: blueberries, winterizing blueberries, blueberry care

About this Author

Aileen Clarkson has been an award-winning editor and reporter for more than 20 years, earning three awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. She has worked for several newspapers, including "The Washington Post" and "The Charlotte Observer." Clarkson earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Florida.