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Old 07-21-2008, 06:25 PM   #1
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White spotty blackberries

Please excuse me for not rotating my images...

Our blackberries are as big as my head this year, but they are not ripening uniformly black:

You can see that they have the white spots before they even ripen:



BF claims that the spotted ones taste "funky."
Is this a fungus or disease?
Can I just make these ones the baking berries since they are not perfect for hand-eating?

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Old 07-22-2008, 12:36 PM   #2
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:54 PM   #3
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I wish I could help...
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Old 07-22-2008, 01:05 PM   #4
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That's okay, for some reason I thought you'd be the one to come to my rescue, elf! It's funny because BF asked me to post the question, "If you talk to your cooking friends, could you ask..." And here's the one time I've stumped y'all!
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That's okay, for some reason I thought you'd be the one to come to my rescue, elf! It's funny because BF asked me to post the question, "If you talk to your cooking friends, could you ask..." And here's the one time I've stumped y'all!
I can't grow much of anything due to our shade...and I don't bake; that's no secret...sorry. I did try to look something up on Google for you - apparently I didn't word it right because I couldn't really find anything.
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I tried to google also, but could not get a definitive answer either.
The only thing hinted at is air circulation; lack of, seems to cause major problems.
Why not call your local extension service for your area, if no one here helps you.
I'd like to know the answer myself.
They sure look healthy in all other respects though.
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Old 07-22-2008, 02:12 PM   #7
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You may have a local gardening club who may be able to help. Mine sometimes fo like this but I've not noticed an issue with flavour - they are almost like very unripe bits.
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Old 07-22-2008, 06:09 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone. We tried the googler first, too, and the only thing I could come up with was that the air temp may have been to high and they "burned." That doesn't sound right to me, though. It went over 90 F a couple of days last week, but that doesn't seem intolerable as far as plants go. Thanks for the extra research and for chiming in.
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Blackberries grow wild on our farm, and we see ones like that from time to time. I've never known what causes them, but usually when we see them, it's only the odd berry. It would be frustrating to have a whole lot like that.

Any berry farms in your area? I bet they'd know what it was.
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Thanks everyone. We tried the googler first, too, and the only thing I could come up with was that the air temp may have been to high and they "burned." That doesn't sound right to me, though. It went over 90 F a couple of days last week, but that doesn't seem intolerable as far as plants go. Thanks for the extra research and for chiming in.
I asked on a gardening forum Jill and the response was sunburn????????
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