Blueberry - halftime check?
Hi guys -
This being my first time growing blueberries, I'm not sure what to expect here. So, I wanted to post "a halftime update" to see if there are any alarms I should be aware of. I can't recognize what I don't know, right?
The one concern I do have is the dropping of petals. I know they're SUPPOSED to drop, but should the blossoms be dropping while white/pretty/undamaged, or should they be browning and dropping off? I googled this, but all I see if before petal fall and after petal fall....not what type of petal fell, haha.
I've had an intermittent fully intact blossom/petal fall off the plant and I would find it in the soil the morning after. Altogether, I've probably found...7-10 of these total?
Then, I have a handful of blossoms that look like this -- which is what started to concern me:
As you can see, they are browning up and drying out. THESE, I have not found in the soil, which leads me to think these are browning and staying ON the plant.
I'm assuming one can't have it both ways -- healthy petals and brown petals off -- so I am assuming I am doing something wrong. I just don't know what.
So, which is normal -- brown flowers to drop off, or completely fine blossoms to fall off?
Or is this a symptom of my under/over watering? I keep the soil semi-moist. I let it dry out in the top 1/4 of the barrel before I will completely drench it through. Essentially, I seem to water heavily ONCE a week.....and there was a warmer week where I watered when only 5 days had passed.
I fertilize with Miracid, a weakened dose, about once every two weeks. It receives full sun for about 7-8 hours and bright light while the sun is up. It has ornamental strawberry plants planted around it; I don't know if that matters.
The soil acidity should be ideal for blueberries as this blend was made specifically for blueberries by my nursery. I don't know the pH of my water, but I do mix in vinegar almost at every watering.
The temps here have been in the low 70s during the day and nighttime lows are about 50.
Oh, and also, this is the Southmoon plant.
Right next to it is Misty. It's fascinating what a different growth pattern the two plants have.
Misty is not doing this blossom-browning thing -- so far.
And the two plants together:
If anyone has any guidance they can offer, I'd be forever grateful!