To encourage growth, prune both highbush and compact cranberry shrubs in early spring, before the plants produce leaves, flowers or fruit. To maximize fruit yield, however, wait until late spring or early summer to prune cranberry bushes, after the shrubs bloom.
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Melissa Jordan-Reilly has been a writer for 20 years, both as a newspaper reporter and as an editor of nonprofit newsletters. Among the publications in which she has published are, "The Winsted Journal," "Taconic" and "Compass Magazine." A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Jordan-Reilly also pursues sustainable agriculture techniques and tends a market garden at her Northwestern Connecticut home.