updated pictures of my blueberry plants

riverman1August 12, 2011

Here is some updated pictures of some of my blueberry plants. There is a mix of some of them that are three years old in pots and some younger plants I started just this spring in the soil.

I tried pasting the photos directly into the thread but if they aren't showing up then click on the link below and it will take you to the photo album.

RM

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c48/RiverMan1/August122011/reka.jpg

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c48/RiverMan1/August122011/jersey.jpg

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c48/RiverMan1/August122011/northcountry.jpg

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c48/RiverMan1/August122011/darrow.jpg

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c48/RiverMan1/August122011/chandler.jpg

Here is a link that might be useful: august 12 blueberries

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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

riverman, copy the .html code into the body of your message if you want the photos to appear directly in your message :-) And your blueberries look terrific!

Patty S.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2011 at 6:48PM
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riverman1

Ok, lets try again with the HTML code:

    Bookmark   August 12, 2011 at 6:57PM
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Bradybb WA-Zone8

Nice job riverman.If some of those are the ones that had funny shaped leaves,I'm glad they came through.Looks like some are big enough to get a pruning this winter.
I have three Dukes and a Reka that were the first ones planted in the ground,that need to get some giddyup going on.There is some growth but no big canes yet.It's a little late for heavy fertilizing now,so I'm giving them some hydrolyzed fish fertilizer,kelp and blackstrap molasses til September.Brady

    Bookmark   August 13, 2011 at 12:27AM
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riverman1

Thanks Brady.

The third one down in the pictures is one of those with weird leaves. Once I started adding some vinegar to the water it really helped them. I have some others though that still don't look all that great and I may just cull them out this winter. If I buy any more plants they will most definitely be Reka, all of them are thriving.

RM

    Bookmark   August 13, 2011 at 1:27AM
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blueboy1977(TX9A/B)

Sweet plants RM1!!! Whats the wire mesh for?

    Bookmark   August 13, 2011 at 2:13AM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

I'm growing a couple of them outdoors in containers this year. A 4yo Bluecrop, and a 3yo Blueray. I thought mine did well, but they look nothing like yours. Great looking plants!! All I have to do now is get mine through the winter somehow, and I'll be happy.

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riverman1

The wire mesh is to keep cats from doing their business around my plants! They like the soft soil the berries are planted in so I put down wire to keep them away.

The top plant is a Reka which I just bought this year. I wish I had bought 10 of them instead of one! Reka is the easiest plant to grow, I have three of them and all are thriving.

The next one is a Northcountry that I have had growing in pure peat for three years. It has doubled in size this summer following three treatments of ammonium sulfate at one ounce per treatment. I need to thin it a bit I think because it's gotten so thick it's hard to water.

The next one is a Jersey I just planted this spring. This is an experiment to see if I can grow them in the ground. The native soil here has a pH of about 7. I dug a hole, filled it with peat and fir bark then planted. The plant started out slow but is now growing great.

The next plant is a Darrow in a wine barrel filled with peat and fir bark. Darrow has spectacular flavor.

The last plant is a Chandler and is another new plant this year, it's actually about waist high but looks small in the picture and as you can see has lots of new growth.

Ed,

You are probably colder than I am in the winter but these plants stay out all winter. I cover the pots with about 6 inches of leaves and the soil freezes hard as a rock every winter and they come out just fine. Last winter we had a couple weeks around zero and I had no damage on my blues. You could get some chicken wire and make a container around the pots and then fill the space between the wire and pots with leaves to protect them. The first winter I had these, I slid them all close together then wrapped a tarp around the entire perimeter of them and then filled all the spaces with leaves. If you can get some sawdust, just bury the entire pot and put leaves on the top and they will be fine too.

RM

    Bookmark   August 13, 2011 at 11:13AM
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