How to Make Cuttings of Blueberry Plants

Overview

Gardeners who have created a successful and flourishing blueberry patch often want to increase their yield by propagating more blueberry bushes. A common way of propagating blueberries is to make cuttings of blueberry plants and root the cuttings to create new blueberry bushes. With careful timing and attention to detail, you can succeed in taking your cuttings. Once you make the cuttings, the next step is either to store the cuttings until planting time or to plant them immediately (depending upon the outside temperatures).

Step 1

Examine the blueberry plants in the very early spring before the shrubs begin to bud to find viable shoots for cutting. For best rooting results, look for shoots with only leaf buds.

Step 2

Use the pruning shears to make basal cuts (cuts just above the base of the crown) on shoots that are between 1 and 3 feet long. Remove the entire shoot from the blueberry bush (you will cut it up into smaller pieces for rooting).

Step 3

Divide the shoot(s) cut in step two into smaller pieces between 4 and 6 inches long. Remove any flower or fruit buds by slicing them off with the knife. It is important not to leave the flower or fruit buds on the shoots because this will divert plant energy away from root production.

Step 4

Remove the bark at the bottom of the cuttings in 1-inch-long sections on opposite sides of the shoot with the sharp knife. This will encourage rooting.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always use a very sharp pruning shears because you must make clean cuts to the shoots. Do not crush or damage the outside bark as you cut.

Things You'll Need

  • Blueberry plants
  • Pruning shears
  • Sharp knife

References

  • Northwest Berry and Grape: Blueberry Propagation
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