rotting blueberries beneath bushes
I was told by apple growers that leaving "mummies" on the ground discourages production. I have a friend with TOO MANY blueberries who invited folks to pick who never showed up so that at least 4 gallons of berries are on the ground rotting beneath the bushes. He thinks this will fertilize the plants. While picking yesterday I was getting the feeling that the bushes do not like all the waste, that they PUT OUT and were scorned.
The bushes are protected from birds by netting, so the yields are remarkable.
The other times I have picked here I got any berry that fell to the ground. When I had a good stand of blues, I never let fruit fall and rot.
What are your thoughts and experience with this sort of situation? Is rotting fruit good for the bushes or NOT?