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Picking Blueberries for Max Sweetness

Hello again, everyone.

Last year I bought half a dozen blueberries for containers - early to late varieties from Earliblue and Bluecrop through to Liberty, in sizes from 9cm pots up to a couple two feet high.

My first smallish harvest is appearing, but I'm struggling with the balance of picking the blueberries a) when they are sweet and b) before they fall off.

The current solution is to apply some Bilberry Jam to the bowl of porridge.

Does anyone have any tricks or guidelines to harvest at the optimal point? They are kept well-watered.


“Rivers know this ... we will get there in the end.”


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 9,967
    I have 3 bushes that produce well.
    Once the berry is completely blue/black it's ready to harvest.
    The berries ripen from the flower end to the stalk end, so once the berry is blue/black where it joins the stalk it's ready, but if left a couple more days it does improve the sweetness. Leave it a couple of days more and they go soft and overripe.
    I just pick them when they're uniformly black/blue all over

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Thanks.
    “Rivers know this ... we will get there in the end.”
  • barry islandbarry island Posts: 1,613
    I use the ones that fall of too as long as they aren't squishy.
  • barry islandbarry island Posts: 1,613
    Yesterday I harvested 3.33 Kg from two bushes which are growing in large tubs the ripest ones were falling off as I harvested them.
  • Look forward to that.

    Mine were only purchased in summer 2020.
    “Rivers know this ... we will get there in the end.”
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