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Dukes are done

Posted by blueberrytalk on August 6, 2010

Newer varieties of blueberries tend to produce over a shorter period. Concentrated ripening is a delight for pickers who can pick whole handfuls at once and just about double their daily production compared to traditional varieties. For those of us packing the fruit it is a hectic two weeks of getting out orders.

Where we live floodgates at the nearby river are used to keep the water level up in the ditches that surround our farm. The water enters our drainage lines to irrigate the land. Water is important for the plants in setting fruit buds for next year! Now we are looking at the flush of new growth on our Dukes that will carry next years crop and we can watch for the formation of fruit buds for next year.

new growth - Duke blueberry plant

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