Blueberry plants can be very productive if managed properly. This simple tip will greatly impact how a blueberry plant produces for years to come.
Remove Blooms for a Healthier Plant
Horticulturists recommend removal of all the blooms of blueberry plants the first spring after planting. A blueberry plant’s growth is greatly reduced when trying to produce fruit the first year. Removing the blooms (by hand for small growers) early in the season takes time, but aids in the establishment of the plant. The blueberry will grow new shoots, and the second year production should be greater than without bloom removal the previous year.
Keep in mind that this would be the only time a grower would remove blooms. Some fruit crops, such as peaches and plums, require fruit thinning each year. This is not the case with blueberries. After the first year in the ground, growers should allow the plants to bloom and produce fruit without interference. If first year plants have already put on fruit, go ahead and remove the developing fruit.
For those who enjoy propagating plants and want to try blueberries, remove the blooms as soon as they are visible if possible. A blueberry blooms and makes fruit from one year old growth. The small 5- or 6-inch cutting from last season will bloom and make fruit this season. But, if this happens the growth will be greatly reduced.
If you want to talk more about blueberry blooms or propagating plants, give the local horticulture agent a call at your local Extension office.