Blueberry Bushes Not Producing Fruit - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Harvey Gittelman
Staten Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Question by canarsiekid7
May 1, 2001
About 4 years ago I purchased a blueberry bush(2 year old bush).It produced fruit for the next 2 years.Last year not one single berry.In the fall I purchased another bush hoping to cross polinate.This spring everything started well.Both bushes started to produce flowers.Then it stopped. Am I rushing it.I'm giving it Miracid and a little coffee grounds.Both have plenty of foliage but very little flowers.What can I do?

Answer from NGA
May 1, 2001
Blueberries bloom just once a year and set one crop of berries. It is normal for the blooms to last only a short while. Since the plant fruited for you the second year, then you must be doing something right! You might want to run some basic soil tests and make sure that your soil is still acidic enough and that the fertility is balanced to keep the plants happy. Your county extension should be able to help you with the tests and interpreting the results with an eye on growing blueberries. You should also be watering (and maintaining several inches of mulch) as needed to keep the soil slightly moist but not sopping wet. You may also need to protect the berries from birds and other animals while they ripen. Finally, some years are just better than others. Good luck this summer!

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