Flowers on 2nd year blueberry plant

I just planted a New Jersey blueberry plant last year. I heard that I should pick the flowers off the plant for the first two years. I did not do that this year (2nd year). Is it too late to remove the new budding fruit, and if so, will this hurt the plant? Should I remove the flowers next year? That would be the 3rd year, counting the first year it was planted in the ground.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

If they were mine, I'd leave them alone and allow that fruit to develop. The reason it's often recommended to remove fruit from young plants is because you want the plant to spend its energy on making roots, not fruit. But if your plants are looking good and healthy and since this is their second year, I'd just let them go and not worry about pruning off fruit from now on.


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