June Fruit Tips

 
Blueberries. Photo: University of Illinois Extension

(More tips from HGIC)  
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  • Blueberries-
    • Keep your blueberry plants well-watered during dry periods. They are very susceptible to drought stress.
    • Remove all blossoms and fruits from 1-3 yr. old blueberry plants so that the plant’s energies are directed to root establishment.
  • Raspberries and blackberries - The first-year, non-flowering canes of bramble plants should be tip cut at 3-5 ft. Laterals coming off these primocanes should be tip cut at 18 inches. This will encourage heavy fruiting next year.
  • Strawberries -
    • To prevent rot in storage, do not wash or remove stems until ready to use. Store berries in covered containers in the refrigerator.
    • Remove all blossoms and fruits from newly planted strawberries so that the plant’s energies are directed to root establishment.
  • The leaves of some fruit trees that bloomed and leafed out nicely in the spring may wither and drop in June. This can be due to stressors such as excessive rainfall, damaged fruit, or poorly drained soil.
  • “June drop” of excessive fruits (especially peaches) is a natural thinning phenomenon and is more pronounced where no hand thinning has occurred. Hand thin the fruits on plum, peach, apple and pear trees, leaving space (the width of one fruit) between remaining fruits. Disease and insect problems, environmental stress, and lack of pollination or fertilization may have caused some earlier fruit drop. Pick up and throw out all dropped fruits.
  • Don’t spray herbicides around fruit plants or rototill to control weeds. Instead use a hoe or layer of mulch.
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