Chandler

riverman1February 18, 2013

I have two chandler blueberry plants that are in their 5th year. They are probably 3.5 feet tall, tons of new growth every year and seem to love where they are growing. The problem is they overproduce and the berries are always really small. Last spring I pruned them really hard hoping it would help but the berries were still small. Thinking about replacing them but wondered if anyone else having better luck with this variety.

Thx,

RM

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riverman1

I must be tired guys, meant Chippewa, not chandler. Sorry.

RM

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 12:09AM
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ericwi

If pruning doesn't fix the problem, I have nothing to suggest. You could simply write off the Chippewa blueberry shrubs and leave the berries for wildlife, I suppose.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 12:13AM
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blueboy1977(TX9A/B)

Pull it and replace it ;)

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 12:49AM
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Bradybb WA-Zone8

riverman,
I have one that is about four feet and it gets many flowers and fruit,but they are accompanied by a lot of leaves and most of the berries are of fair size and sweet.
This picture was taken towards the end of May,last year.I was also concerned there were too many flower buds,but the leaves eventually filled in. Brady

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 12:54AM
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riverman1

Hard to tell on the size Brady, are they "blueberry" size or more huckleberry size like mine?

Strange thing is when you read a description about chippewas they don't say anything about tiny berries or I would have never planted them!

The plants are thriving, vigorous growers but poor producers for me at least.

Thanks everyone,

RM

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 12:08PM
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riverman1

Picture of one of the Chippewas from last year.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c48/RiverMan1/June152012/chippewa.jpg

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 12:32PM
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Bradybb WA-Zone8

I guess I'd call them a small to medium size berry compared to varieties like Chandler or Darrow,which are usually very large.But I like Chippewa,they produce a lot of fruit and taste good.
Are yours poor producers because of fruit size? Brady

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 2:37PM
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riverman1

They have tons of berries but the berries are really tiny, just about exactly the same as a huckleberry. I pick a few to eat but mostly find myself going to the other bushes because they are so small. I think what I will do is see how they do this spring and if they are still really small then get rid of them.

RM

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 3:33PM
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