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Posted by christie_sw_mo Z6 (My Page) on
Sun, Nov 23, 08 at 9:19

Ceresone - you mentioned your blueberries in another post and I wanted to ask you which ones are doing better - the ones in pots or the ones you planted in the ground? Did you pick smaller varieties to put in the pots?

I planted two in the ground several years ago and amended the soil a bunch but they didn't do well at all. I finally moved them to pots when they looked almost dead. Only one survived and looks pretty good now. I get a few blueberries every year and need to move it to a bigger pot. It didn't start looking healthy until I used pine needles as a mulch to make the soil more acidic. Nothing else I tried seemed to make a difference. Now that I think I've got the hang of it, I'd like to get another plant or two.

The one I have now is Sunshine Blue. The berries taste wonderful but only if I let them fully ripen on the shrub. I've never had to spray it so it's trouble free.

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RE: Blueberries

I amended the soil with peat moss, and rotted wood chips. I also added aluminum sulphate. This fall, I've added shredded leaves and pine needles. The only thing I didnt do, was the one step I should have done: a soil test. But, I was told it might tale 2 months to get back, and my blueberries were due in weeks!!
So far, just planted this spring, the ones in the ground, and ones in pots are running neck, and neck--with one exception. One pot, the berry just didnt thrive, grew, but didnt thrive like the others. My pots are about 3' across top, and waist high.
I planted Patriot, Darrow,Kablooey,and Dwarf Tophat. So, yes, 2 of the six were for containers-and its one of these thats not doing well.

RE: Blueberries

It is important to get the soil right in the beginning. I planted two at my friends house and I can't get them to grow. He has clay soil and no rocks. Mulch on top did not help. You need to really mix in the humus and peat or whatever before you plant them. Also mine at home are good but I have one that is a later variety and sour. Finding a good tasting variety is important, of course.

RE: Blueberries

Dorothy's Digs (local greenhouse) grows them in a row by her apple trees and they look wonderful. I asked her what she did special and she said nothing! Maybe she waters her garden regularly and they are close enough to get that extra water. I know the roots are never supposed to dry out. I have had maybe a handful from mine....very slow.

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