Asked June 16, 2020, 3:07 PM EDT
Multnomah County Oregon
Thank you for choosing Ask an Expert for help with your new blueberries. Good question—if the plant was in a one-gallon pot, you would expect to take off the flowers the first year you plant it and the next year. That’s so hard to do when the plants look good. But it is best.
So, what happens when you don’t do that. Well, you would have to be extra careful with that plant for then next few years, to ensure that it continues to get what it needs. Such as the right watering, the right fertilizer, the right pruning when that time comes. The plants will likely not grow quite as fast to their expected size.
It's certainly not too late to take off the fruit and re-direct the energy to strong establishment. But, with attentive care, the plants will do just fine over their long lifetime.
If you want to supplement your Master Gardener binder with more detailed information on blueberries, check out ,”Growing Blueberries in Your Home Garden, ” here: https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/ec1304
Have a good gardening year,