Blueberry bushes growing oddly

wneisler(7)August 14, 2012

These blueberry bushes were planted in late May of this year. The two varieties are Home Bell and Premier although I am not sure which one is which. Why is the one bush growing so bushy and so rapidly when the others are not? Is this normal? Do I need to prune it or cut off the bushy parts?

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wneisler(7)

Here is a photo of it beside the normal looking bush.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 11:24AM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

I've never heard of Home Bell. But my first thought is are you sure that's all the blueberry bush? It looks more like a weed.

If they were the same size at planting that is amazing growth. More like a weed might do than a blueberry.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 11:57AM
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capoman(5a)

Sure would like to see a close up. Zooming in, the leaf shape and growth pattern almost looks like some type of verbena. Hard to say though from here.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 1:57PM
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wneisler(7)

Here's a closeup pic.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 2:00PM
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ericwi

The leaves and stems in the photo are not those found on any blueberry shrub that I have ever seen. We have several varieties growing in our yard, highbush, lowbush, and half-high. The stems are always woody, and the leaves are rounded, an entirely different shape.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 2:38PM
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capoman(5a)

Sorry to tell you that's not a blueberry. Not just the leaves, but those flowers are not right. It still looks like it might be a variety of verbena, although I'm certainly not an ornamental expert. I guess what you really wanted to know you got an answer for. It's not a blueberry :(

    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 4:00PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

You could post it on the Name that Plant forum for an id. But it isn't a Blueberry, as the others have said.

Here is a link that might be useful: Name that Plant Forum.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 4:50PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

It's got a name: weed. Get it out of there ;-)

    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 6:13PM
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Bradybb WA-Zone8

Help!A weed ate my Blueberry!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 11:42PM
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capoman(5a)

LOL. Actually we grow lemon verbena which looks very similar which has great leaves for tea, so it may not be a total weed, ...unless you don't drink tea....

    Bookmark   August 15, 2012 at 9:03AM
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wneisler(7)

Well, I guess I got my answer! Is it common for weeds to come with bushes in the pot from the nursery? There is no way this is a volunteer. It had to come with the blueberry bush.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2012 at 10:43AM
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capoman(5a)

Is the blueberry bush buried in there somewhere?

    Bookmark   August 15, 2012 at 10:59AM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

Not to be funny, and I know I'm dating myself by saying this, but did you ever hear of a movie called The Day of the Triffid's?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_of_the_Triffids

    Bookmark   August 15, 2012 at 12:47PM
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capoman(5a)

You mean the 1951 novel? ;)

    Bookmark   August 15, 2012 at 4:16PM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

Now I don't feel so bad :-)

    Bookmark   August 15, 2012 at 9:45PM
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riverman1

I have a blueberry that is for sure a blueberry that does something almost as crazy, I cut it back and it grows like a week and has tiny little berries on it too.........I think it's a northcountry.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 12:46AM
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capoman(5a)

Actually, I have one blueberry bush also that puts out a ton of canes and low growth each year like that, but never grows tall. Not sure what it is, label is gone and I don't have a record of it. Could be a northcountry too. Luckily, it's also my most productive berry producer as well, so must love it's environment.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 4:54PM
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riverman1

I would like to see a picture of it Capo if you have a chance. I have two of them and they grow like crazy, super easy to keep going but the berries are smaller than a pea and I don't know why. This year I tried thinning the berries and it helped a little but they still weren't very big. Here is a picture of mine from last year when I still had it in a container. I cut half of it off this past winter and it's every bit as big again.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 11:56PM
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