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Insects - Blueberries

Back to Common Problems - Blueberries 1) Blueberry Maggot, Rhagoletis mendax (Curran) Photos: Jerry A. Payne, USDA Ag Res. Service, Bugwood.org Adults of the blueberry maggot (photo on right) are similar in size to houseflies but have white spots on their wings. They appear and begin laying eggs in...

Diseases - Blueberries/Mummy berry

Back to Common Problems - Blueberries Mummy berry (Photo: Caleb Slemmons, National Ecological Observatory Network, Bugwood.org) Mummy berry is the most destructive disease affecting blueberries, but it may not appear until many years after planting; after it appears, control measures will be needed...

Wildlife Pests of Fruit

Back to Common Problems Small Fruits Back to Common Problems Tree Fruits Wildlife Management Deer Voles Rabbits Birds Animals can be a major pest of fruit plants, particularly in the first few years after planting. There are basically three solutions to most animal problems: • The problem animal...

Best Practices - Small Fruits

Back to Getting started with small fruits Best Practices for Planting Small Fruits Locate your small fruit planting in full sun. However, blueberries , currants, and gooseberries tolerate partial shade. In warmer regions of the state, blueberries and raspberries may prefer light shade from hot,...

Comparison of Fruit Plants for Maryland Gardens

Comparison of Fruit Plants for Maryland Gardens Tree Fruits or Small Fruits Common name Genus/species Origin Grow without pesticides? Notes Apple * Malus domestica Malus pumila Europe/Asia Minor Difficult Select disease-resistant cultivars; train highly dwarfed trees on wires European pear * Pyrus...

Iron Chlorosis - Blueberries

Back to common problems - blueberries Iron chlorosis is common in blueberry plantings and, if left untreated, will cause decreased growth, yellowing foliage, early defoliation, and severely weakened plants. The characteristic foliar yellowing may be apparent early in the spring or can develop later...

Common Problems of Blueberries

Back to Blueberries Cultural and Environmental Diseases Insects Wildlife Cultural Management Practices for Blueberry Plantings Pruning twig dieback . Cut out any twigs that appear to be weak or begin to die; make cuts several inches below the affected area. Twigs heavily encrusted with scale...

Common Problems of Small Fruits

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Pruning Blueberries

Back to blueberries Prune back 50% to 60% of the wood immediately after planting. Remove all flowers from two-year-old plants to encourage root growth and ensure good establishment. Do not fertilize at this time. Pruning invigorates the plant, forcing essential new growth from the base of the plant...

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