How to Transplant High Bush Blueberries

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High bush blueberries should be transplanted in the winter or early spring while they are still dormant, and cutting back one-third of the plant creates a nice balance between new and old growth. Transplant high bush blueberries with advice from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening.

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we are going to talk about how to transplant high bush blueberries and they are just a beautiful variety of blueberries that produce the ultimate blueberries in your garden. So when you are transplanting blueberries you want to be careful to make sure that you don't have this old growth, you have got some new growth on it. So my rule of thumb is to always cut back the plants at least one third so that you have got old growth and new growth on the plant. Just even it out a little bit so it is not so bushy and then that way it is easier to transplant. When you are digging it up be careful not to break the root or just pull it out and break the root off from the plant so dig around at least one foot around the area and just go in a circle and just pry it out a little bit at a time and then you'll find that once you get it out of the ground that the roots are really big and bulky and I have found it is easier to trim back the roots about one third as well because by trimming the roots out it will encourage new growth and then turn around and plant your blueberries immediately right into a sunny spot and the best time to transplant them is in the Winter or the Fall or even early Spring when they are dormant because then they won't be so shocked. If you move them right in the middle of Summer you'll affect the blueberries, you won't get the production and sometimes if they dry out too much then you'll lose the plant altogether but by waiting until the winter when they are dormant, cutting them back at least one third cutting the roots about one third and planting them immediately back into the ground you will find that your blueberries, your high bush blueberries will thrive next Summer and will reward you with the most delicious blueberries in the world.

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