Blueberry ripening stalled - thoughts?

lucky_pAugust 8, 2013

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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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...

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 1:36PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

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

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 2:06PM
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