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Blueberry ripening stalled - thoughts?

Posted by lucky_p z6 W.KY (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 8, 13 at 9:52

Cooler, wetter, later than normal spring/summer here.
Blueberries - mostly rabbiteye and Southern highbush - set good crops, and the older, established rabbiteyes ripened their crops rapidly and were done.
Have several younger plants, put in 2-3 years ago - Brightwell, and Beckyblue(I think) that set good crops, and looked as though they were going to be late ripening. Berries have sized up decently, but for the past 3 week or so, it's as if they're stuck in a time warp - berries are red, but not progressing to blue/purple. They're not shriveled, like mummyberry - just seem to be hung up in the ripening process.

Any thoughts from you blueberry affectionados, as to what's going on with them?

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RE: Blueberry ripening stalled - thoughts?

  • Posted by ericwi Dane County WI (My Page) on
    Thu, Aug 8, 13 at 13:36

The sugars that end up in the berries originate in the blueberry leaves, and there must be sunlight for photosynthesis to take place. This process slows in overcast weather. My guess is that the fruit will ripen, eventually. If we ever get some sun...

RE: Blueberry ripening stalled - thoughts?

Weather! One of the joys, or not, of gardening.

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