'Misty' blueberry

MrClintMarch 15, 2014

'Misty' is clustering, swelling, and blooming at the same time. It never lost all its old leaves over Winter, but the new growth flush is starting to come in:

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pharmachad

Very nice! Thanks for sharing. How many
Misty plants do you have?

    Bookmark   March 15, 2014 at 10:26PM
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MrClint

I have one 'Misty'. The first two years I didn't care for it much, as the BB were too tart. Now I let them sit a good long time and they are excellent.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2014 at 10:54PM
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Bradybb(wa8)

Mine are sweet like candy,almost too much so.This one really needs flower or fruit thinning. Brady

    Bookmark   March 15, 2014 at 11:10PM
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MrClint

Bradybb, I don't thin out flower or fruit on any of my BB. If you do, then I think that's great! :)

    Bookmark   March 15, 2014 at 11:36PM
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pharmachad

I'm getting 10 Misty liners in this week.
Looks like i made a good choice with
these positive reviews. How long do you
leave them on the bush before picking?

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 2:09PM
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MrClint

I sample them, when they are super sweet they are harvested with gusto. Note that 'Misty' is not as well behaved as "Sunshine Blue'.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 2:19PM
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pharmachad

That's ok. I already have 10 SB's and they are loaded!
I may have to cut the tips off the branches so they
Don't break.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 7:13PM
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MrClint

Well, this year the fruit is pretty sweet right when they first color up. Most likely due to the maturity of the plant, but possibly due in part to the switch over to fully organic.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 3:00PM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

"Well, this year the fruit is pretty sweet right when they first color up. Most likely due to the maturity of the plant, but possibly due in part to the switch over to fully organic"

Not a chance...does not work that way.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 9:16PM
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MrClint

PharmaChad, 'Sunshine Blue' does shoot out some long spikes (for it) with clusters on the tip. Still, I like the semi-dwarf growth pattern and smaller leaves.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 9:43PM
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MrClint

Another photo from early this morning. 'Misty' is putting out some tasty fruit as well right now. I was able to get some BirdBlock on it this weekend:

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 9:06PM
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blueboy1977(TX9A/B)

Maybe I didn't give Misty enough time to produce good fruit but it got cut from my collection after 2 seasons. It was just too tart for my taste!

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 10:27PM
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MrClint

blueboy1977, thanks for the validation! It was incredibly tart for me initially as previously stated. I really like it a lot now. Again, I'm not a fruithunter by any means, but it is readily available here locally, produces well and has settled in as a tasty berry for me. If it became a fussy plant I would simply remove it and replace it with a 'Sunshine Blue', which is my favorite BB, all things considered.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 11:05PM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

Your Misty seems to be in much better shape than your Emerald.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 8:13AM
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MrClint

blueboy1977, 'Misty' was very tasty this morning. My BB are trickling in nicely right now. I'm very happy with the ease and results of the DWN method, and the switch over to organic fertilizer.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 11:15AM
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blueboy1977(TX9A/B)

I like the DWN mix as well and had a couple plants in that mix with no problems. The only thing I couldn't find was the feather meal. Both the plants I had in that mix ended up with too low of a Ph though. That was my fault from adding more sulfer the next season when I didn't really need it. That's when I learned alittle sulfer goes along way with rain water! I've actually quit using sulfer all together as my inital Ph in my mix is low enough. I haven't added any acidifiers in 2 seasons now.

Your way ahead of me so far, haven't had one berry even turn color yet but Springhigh and Snowchaser will turn any day now! I can't wait:) I'm thinking I should have hung on to Misty are couple more seasons? I gave it 2 seasons but that might not have been enough?

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 11:55AM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

BB,

Here Misty is one of the better tasting BB but has a lot of issues due to the humidity and amount of rainfall we get..it likes to up and croak for no reason lol. In a dry climate it would survive no problems but there are better varieties to have of course. I am surprised you are that far behind me, generally you and I both start ripening about the same time.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 12:39PM
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charina(6b)

BR wrote:
Your Misty seems to be in much better shape than your Emerald.
You feel that way even with the discloring and necrotic leaf edges on both old and young leaves? e.g. to you a little chlorosis is worse than dying tissue?

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 12:50PM
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MrClint

Wow, my blueberries are now being scrutinized like the Zapruder film. Those are leaves that didn't fall over Winter. :)

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 1:09PM
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charina(6b)

Ah, that makes sense. I've only dealt with northern cultivars, none of this evergreen stuff.

I did sit on that question for more than two weeks, not really wanting to critique, but curiosity got the better of me.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 1:22PM
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MrClint

charina, I'm pretty thick skinned so I find much of the unsolicited scrutiny hilarious. I am stepping over trolls and enjoying things a lot more these days. I don't think you are someone that needs stepping over. We do run the risk of alienating members who just want to share their pictures and discuss a fun and rewarding hobby. This is our forum folks, it can be whatever we want it to be. :)

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 1:45PM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

Charina,

As Clint said he is in a very warm climate and the BB tend toward evergreen so the old leaves tend to stay on. Here in Florida some leaves stay till the new leaves start to form then the old fall so it makes for prettier bushes. It is normal for his to look that way, the chlorosis is not normal. There is probably something that could be applied to defoliate the bushes but Clint would not use it anyway....he does not embrace change or new ideas easily.

Clint,

"I'm pretty thick skinned"

Really? compared to....?

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 9:52PM
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MrClint

charina, I look forward to seeing your BB when you have a chance. Lousy cell phone pics like mine are OK if that's all you have. :)

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 9:58PM
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charina(6b)

Every single one I have now are new. Just potted up 19 this evening that came in today from burnt ridge. They are good healthy plants. No time for photos today. Previous experience was in Oregon a decade and a half ago. Up there there all were deciduous.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 10:35PM
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