Blueberry Pruning 2024: Wrangling and Basics

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Blueberries on bush

Blueberries hang on a bush in Pamlico County. Notice the short branching of the shrub, which is not ideal, and the various colored berries that show the different stages of ripeness. Photo by Amanda Wilkins

N.C. Cooperative Extension – Lee County Center is excited to partner with local homeowner Helen Spitler, who has inherited a large, 50-year-old blueberry patch, to host a Blueberry Pruning and Care Workshop in January 2023. The class will include an overview of blueberry care, a guide to restoration and maintenance pruning, and an opportunity to practice your newly-learned skills on the blueberry bushes there with expert guidance. The fee for attendance is $15 a person.

This will be hands-on, so wear sturdy clothes and feel free to bring your own pruning tools.

If the weather is not ideal, we will make a rain date based on registrants!


We are offering two dates for you to attend:

  • Thursday, February 1, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the class will be led by Amanda Wilkins, the horticulture agent in Lee County.
  • Sunday, February 4, 2024, 2 to 4 p.m., and the class will be led by Amanda Wilkins, the horticulture agent in Lee County.

Registration and prepayment is required by Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 12 p.m. for the Thursday class, and by Friday, February 2, 2024 at 12 p.m.

Register for Thursday Class

Register for Sunday Class

Mail or hand deliver your exact change/check (made out to Lee County Cooperative Extension Horticulture) to N.C. Cooperative Extension, 2420 Tramway Road, Sanford, NC 27330, ATTN: BLUEBERRY PRUNING. Be sure your name/phone number is referenced when dropping off your payment. The office is open 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.