New blueberries questions
Just had three blueberry bushes planted in October - Sunshine Blue, Bountiful Blue, and Reveille. A few questions I have:
I've heard that I should not let them produce the first 1-3 years. Does that mean from when they started growing, or when they went into my ground? They were all in 5-gallon pots, and about 1 1/2 feet tall, so I assume they are already more than one year old (is this right, or even relevant?). Do I really have to wait three whole years?!
Do I remove the blossoms as soon as they appear, or the fruit when it appears?
Can I leave just a few - or will that defeat the purpose? (It's hard to give up the idea of blueberries from my own garden!)
The Sunshine Blue is blooming already, and doesn't seem like it's losing any leaves (the others have turned pretty red and are dropping leaves). It's November; is this normal for this variety? (I'm in Berkeley).