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Old November 27, 2008   #1
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I have a Sunshine Blue plant that I started in a container last April. It has always looked healthy enough and yesterday I noticed buds on the plant with some close to opening. whats the deal? Is that normal?
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Old November 29, 2008   #2
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So happened to the plant through your summer,when did it (or if it )lost its foliage come fall??
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Old November 29, 2008   #3
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It hasnt lost any foliage at all.
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You have the same variety as i,V.ashei (southern rabbiteye).
Remembering back to winter my plants had buds that appeared to be slightly open and that they stayed like that till spring.
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I'm not familiar with rabbiteye types.

However, on my plants, I've had a few buds that looked like they were about to open while there were still leaves on the plants, in the fall. These buds never opened in the spring. Perhaps the partial opening in the fall is when the buds died. This only happened to the larger fruit buds, not the smaller leaf buds.

I'd just leave 'em be, and see what happens. If they do open and produce flowers, you probably want to strip them off. Your young plants will grow stronger and produce better, in the long run.

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Several have opened and more are coming. I guess I should pinch them off although they sure look pretty
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wait! you live in texas! what's the temps there?
my blueberries flower at the start of winter here (day temps 60+, night temps down to upper 30's)...then the fruits are ready, well, NOW. i'm eating them right now. we are two weeks out from the summer solstice. day temps now should be stinking hot, but aren't yet. and night temps are usually in the 70's at this time of year.

does this sound a bit like your climate?
if so...your blueberries may be doing *exactly* the correct thing at this time.
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Temps have not been too bad with the exception of the past couple of days, close to freezing last night. They will head back to 70s during the day and 50s or 60s at night for a little while. It doesnt appear that this is typical behavior for this plant from what I have read, not sure what to expect if I dont strip them off. It has a bunch of new growth and many blossoms coming.
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Now the plant has what sure looks like little berries growing on it. Is that indeed what this is?
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Yes you have blue berries growing. By the look of them growing nicely.

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Yippee!!!! I was told by one of the local nurseries that it wouldnt happen down here, especially in a container. Looks like he might have been wrong
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When they start to ripen, watch out! The birds and squirrels love'em!
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they look great,i'm glad you shared with us because i've been thinking about trying 1 in a container.

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Very nice, i cant wait for things to get growing up here.
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I plan to protect the plant with plastic mesh to keep the birds and squirrels out. The plant is loaded with small berries and I cant wait to taste them. Im wondering how long it will be now before I have ripe fruit.
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