My blueberry bush's flower bells are falling off, leaving only the center stalk (stamen? pistil? whatever it is, its part of the sex organs)

Is this what happens when a blueberry flower is properly pollinated or is some type of disease/blight affecting the plants?

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    I don't know the answer, but a picture would be a nice for futur reference. – Om Patange Apr 21 '12 at 23:30
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    It sounds like the flowers are turning into fruits. The petals don't stay on all year. – J. Musser Apr 22 '12 at 1:17

You can also get blossom drop without fruit forming if the bushes are stressed by a lack of water. It is normal for the blossom to drop after the fruit forms. But if the fruit are not forming, you may have stressed plants.

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  • Indeed, this was the case. I have a bush full of blueberries that are ripening even now! – Peter Grace Jun 13 '12 at 18:53

I realize this answer is late -- you should be able to confirm by now -- but this is normal behavior. The flowers fall off and the little bit that is left behind becomes the berry.

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