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Blueberry Runners

Louisville, KY(Zone 7a)

Hi All,

This is my first post. I have eight year-old blueberry plants; I have attached several photos. They are about seven feet tall, at which point I prune them.

My question is: What should I do about/with these runners? They come out as much as four feet from the base of the bush. They come off of a "woody" root (or perhaps it's an underground branch of some kind). As you can see from the photos, I mulch heavily with pine needles.

Specifically, I have two questions: Should they be removed for the health and production of the mother bush? And, can they be transplanted and when is a good time to do this? Thanks for any replies.

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Peachtree City, GA(Zone 8a)

If they are runners they can be removed by digging them up and replanting.
For canes you need to leave six to seven vigorous two- to five-year-old canes and two or three one-year-old canes per bush. Mature blueberry bushes should have six to 10 healthy canes varying in age from one to six years old."
When a cane gets to 6 years of age it is recommended to remove it as fruit production is low for this cane.

Pueblo, CO(Zone 5b)

RE: transplanting suckers:
Use healthy vigorous furthest out. Drive a shovel down between the sucker and the mother to cut the main root. Do this 6 inches to a foot from the sucker. Then wait at least two weeks for sucker and mother to form replacement roots. Avoid excessive digging in the the root zone of the mother plant.

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