HOW IS THE CORRECT FORMING A BUSH OF ROUGS
Turns out if correctly shape the blueberry bush high, it can be turned into a ... long-lived, since it will grow 100, 200, and even 300 years!
How to start shaping blueberries?
The candidate of biological sciences, associate professor, the head of the research department of the Forest Seed-breeding Center Anton VOLOTOVICH tells.
- Let's start from the very beginning: suppose you planted an 2-year-old blueberry seedling this year. For the first few years, you only spud it (with high peat, rotted pine sawdust or crushed pine bark), water it and feed it with mineral fertilizers.
By the formation of the “eternal” bush we start in four years, i.e. when blueberries are already 6 years old. The optimal time is late November. In frosty, but dry weather shears cut out all the branches that turned 5 years with shears.
In the second half of May of next year (when the threat of recurrent frosts is over), also in dry weather, from the young shoots that came from the axillary buds, choose the two (maximum — four) most developed vertically growing branches, and cut the rest completely.
Some gardeners from shoots regularly leave 4-6 branches, but, in my opinion, this is a lot - anyway, sooner or later you will have to get rid of unnecessary branches.
Next year, you repeat the whole process: the late pruning of 5-year shoots and the May normalization of young shoots from shoots. And so every year. As a result, through 3-4 of the year, you get a “long-playing” blueberry bush, which consists of 12-15 branches - according to 2-3 at the age from one to five.
WHAT DOES SUCH TRIMMING GIVE?
First, it increases the life of the bush. Secondly, you will receive crops of large berries every year. At the same time no one canceled sanitary pruning. It is usually carried out in the spring, when the buds have blossomed: if you see a frozen young sprig, cut it to healthy wood. Remove and obviously sick branch, which struck some fungus.
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