Blueberries – Berries Not Blue

Q: We have several wild blueberry bushes in our woods. Each year they produce lots of berries but they never turn blue. What can we do to help them ripen?

A: “Ripening” for any fruit involves sunshine. Plants use solar energy to convert carbon dioxide and soil nutrients into sugar. If your berries are not ripening, I’d guess they are not getting enough sunlight. Maybe you could trim or remove nearby small trees. If that’s possible, buy and plant some native rabbiteye blueberries in a sunny spot in your landscape.

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