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Do Blueberry (specifically Rabbiteye ones)

Posted by drasaid zone 9 (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 8, 05 at 20:01

plants have shallow, wide rooting areas because they
a) like aeration?
b) like first dibs at rain and nutrition?
c) they just are like that?
The reason I ask is that I really like blueberries but I have a container garden in New Orleans; Top Hat is a coldweather cultivar and I find the local type blueberries only use the top eight inches in the containers. If I made a wide flat container that was permeable (like a big hardware cloth envelope) and lined it with burlap and filled it with dirt could I expect the blueberry to spread its roots through it? Or will it just try and fill the top eight inches again?
I guess I'm asking, can I espalier the roots? It would give me more room on my patio if I could.


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RE: Do Blueberry (specifically Rabbiteye ones)

"Blueberry roots do not have root hairs and consequently absorb soil moisture very inefficiently. Keep soil damp but not wet. Mature blueberries require the equivalent of 1 to 2 inches of rainfall every 10 days during the growing season. Insufficient moisture will reduce fruit bud formation for next year's crop."

How about "E) All of the above " ?

Here is a link that might be useful: Blueberries


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