blueberry plant

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samuria

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blueberry plant
« on: October 06, 2019, 11:55 »
the wife is asking if we can have a blueberry bush ?
so any info  most helpful !!!1
like are they suited to our climate? what do they need ? are they worth
growing? we use a lot of the blueberries in our juice drinks ???

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mikem

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Re: blueberry plant
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2019, 13:34 »
Yes they are worth growing.  I bought mine from Lidl quite a few years ago!  I believe you need two different types for pollination purposes.  I have 4 in pots about 18" across and they provide me with about two 2 litre ice cream containers full every year although you will need to net them from the birds.  I use an old plastic greenhouse frame and covered that with netting as the plants do get quite big despite pruning every year.

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WeavingGryphon

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Re: blueberry plant
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2019, 14:26 »
They are lovely.
They need acid conditions so you need ericaceous- rhododendron compost and to water with rain water. Or stand tap water for overnight and only only use the top part. Or you could treat your soil to pH 4.5-5.5 with sulphur flower. You can get a pH testing kit for cheap easily.
You need different varieties to cross pollinate and to net them as the birds know their nice too. But this means you could get ones that fruit at different times so you don't get a glut. Just make sure that you get ones that flower at the same time.

Strawberries like acid conditions so you can plant them around the bottom of your blueberry.

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samuria

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Re: blueberry plant
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2019, 16:00 »
that's brilliant  folks, gets me in the good books as well  ::)
thankyou,,,,,,

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AnneB

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Re: blueberry plant
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2019, 20:30 »
I agree with all the replies so far.  I would suggest the variety Darrow which has produced beautiful and very large fruit for me.    Also I have not grown it myself, but I have tasted Pink Lemonade at our local show - yes a pink blueberry, and it was beautifully sweet.



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