First real harvest of Blueberries

blueboy1977(TX9A/B)May 11, 2013

I've been getting one of those bowls every week since April but this week that all changed. I guess having more blueberries than you know what to do with is a good thing?

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steve333_gw

Looks great. How many berry bushes is this harvest from, and how old are they?

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 10:31PM
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blueboy1977(TX9A/B)

The long tub is close to 1/4 of the berries on a 4 year old. The rest are off of 8 one year old plants that were tiny last spring. Still a lot of fruit to pick but my back was getting tired!

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 11:11PM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

Good harvest:) It gets easier when the bushes get taller. My harvest is just about done but the Windsors have decided to rebloom.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 8:36AM
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gator_rider2(z8 Ga.)

We take that many berries and wash in running tap water lay out towels on dining table spread berries on towel about one hour they dry. Put in bags leave bag open at top set into freeze until freeze solid then close bag large thick paper bag. The berries dry want stick together in freezer.so dip out what want and wash again in tap water before cooking.
Blackberries same no washing before freezing just afterwards.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 10:16AM
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Noogy(6 sw mi)

Nice looking berries.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 1:53PM
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sun-junkie(9)

Fantastic! That's a good problem to have Blue. I don't have to tell you how much $$$ they cost in the grocery store. Plus you know where they came from and who picked 'em. Can't wait for Climax crop, should be any day now

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 2:17PM
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riverman1

That's great, you won't have trouble consuming those. I think I could easily consume more than 100 pounds each year.

RM

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 8:26PM
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blueboy1977(TX9A/B)

Thanks for the replies guys!

Bam, do you wait untill the rebloom harvest is over before your summer prune? Im thinking that waiting untill the second flower fruit is picked would put us behind the 8 ball? Ya or nay? Last season my second bloom on Emerald was about 80 ruined by thrips so I just prunned them out once the main crop was done. I did get exceptional growth afterwards. Im thinking the second fruit wont be mature to pick untill late June/mid July?

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 9:12PM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

Blueboy,

Because the berries were so early this year I have a lull. Normally I prune as soon as the harvest is over but that just encourages the plants to bloom early the following year so I will wait to prune till June 1. You are right that the new berries won't be ready till after that point so they get pruned off.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 7:44AM
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treehugger101

Wow! That is a great harvest! Is there a good thread or link here on how to prune blueberries?

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 8:03AM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

Treehugger,

I'm sure there is but bear in mind the pruning Blueboy and I are talking about you can't do. The summer pruning only works for us southern growers. You folks in the frozen north just don't have a long enough growing season and if you pruned after harvest you would not get any berries the next year.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 8:45AM
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insteng

Nice blueberries. The late freeze got all the berries on my neighbors bushes I was planning on robbing until mine get big enough next year. He said he doesn't have a single berry this year. He said the commercial orchards up there said it will be their worst year ever because the strange weather this year. Only half my peaches trees have any fruit all my other trees which were loaded got caught in the late freeze.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 2:34PM
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riverman1

Beautiful berries blueboy

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 11:09PM
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blueboy1977(TX9A/B)

Thanks RM;) They taste as good as they look! Expecially the ones in the Cool Whip bowl. Those are Sweetcrisp. For mothers day I made my wife some garden fresh chocolate covered Strawberries and Sweetcrisp Blueberries. She said the chocolate covered blueberries were to die for and they were all gone before the strawberries got touched!

    Bookmark   May 14, 2013 at 12:00AM
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