Grow Your Own Magazine

Navbar button growfruitandveg.co.uk Logo
Forum Navigation

+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 5 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 8 of 33
  1. #1
    oldie is offline Tuber
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Kent
    Posts
    745

    Default New to Blueberries

    I have had a good look through the posts using the s****h, but have not found the exact question or answer. I have just picked up three Blueberry bushes in 1lt pots. One person has said to plant them up incrementally - 2lt pots this year then 3lt, 4lt etc, the other advice was to put them straight into the biggest pot I have - 20". I plan to keep them in containers as my soil has pH8 so I don't want to risk losing them at this stage. What would be best?
    History teaches us that history teaches us nothing. - Hegel

  2. #2
    Torreya is offline Sprouter
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    In a frost pocket near Sutton Coldfield
    Posts
    145

    Default

    If they were mine, first off, I'd knock them out of the pots and see how much root they've got. You can probably gauge then how far you dare stretch the pot size. In general terms, I'd probably go to a 2litre this year, a 4 next year and then 7.5. Like you, our ground isn't acidic enough to plant them out, you just have to remember rainwater when poss and sequestrene or similar at least 3 or 4 times a year (I really ought to practice what I preach!!). Mine have thrived on neglect for the past 2 years, as they've had no tlc at all yet have produced brilliant crops for the pot size (2.5L)!

  3. #3
    pipkins's Avatar
    pipkins is offline Tuber
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    SE London
    Posts
    639
    Blog Entries
    12

  4. #4
    wizzy is offline Germinator
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    2

    Default Blueberries



    I have increased my pot sizes incrementally with great success. The (now) 3 year old plants have increased in size dramatically and are very healthy bushes, ready to fruit in abundance for the first time this year. Also my (now) 2 year old plants have had one pot size increase since purchase and are also full of buds.

    Incidentally I have read that handfuls of pine needles added to the top of the pots "feed" the plants beneficially, also a friend has advised, and I did this last year, giving the bushes coffee grounds and tea leaves, as available. The bushes certainly remained healthy all year. I always used rainwater and did not let them dry out and am hoping for great things by next year for the 5 different varieties I now have. (The feeding advice also applies to hydrangeas)

    N.B> Was worried when I saw an article in the local paper about a blueberry farm in W. Norfolk which showed bushes up to 6ft high!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am hoping to keep mine in pots!

    Hope this is useful to others new to this fruit.
    Last edited by wizzy; 13-03-2010 at 10:27 AM. Reason: aditions

  5. #5
    Bigmallly's Avatar
    Bigmallly is offline Think outside the box
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Chilling out in my Tree Nest.
    Posts
    25,230

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by oldie View Post
    I plan to keep them in containers as my soil has pH8 so I don't want to risk losing them at this stage. What would be best?
    Try & get the pH to below 7 as fruit prefer acidic soil.........please correct me if I am wrong.
    “Gorillas are very intelligent, but they don't have to be as delicate as chimps -- they can just smash open the termite nest,”
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    Official Member Of The Nutters Club - Rwanda Branch.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
    Sent from my ZX Spectrum with no predictive text..........
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    KOYS - King Of Yellow Stickers..............

  6. #6
    Two_Sheds's Avatar
    Two_Sheds is offline Compost Everything...
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    windy east coast, sandy soil
    Posts
    31,002

    Default

    I find blueberries absolutely tasteless. Is it just me?
    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

  7. #7
    Jeanied's Avatar
    Jeanied is offline Gardening Guru
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    In hope, near Heathrow
    Posts
    8,478

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Two_Sheds View Post
    I find blueberries absolutely tasteless. Is it just me?
    No way are you tasteless, T_S! I think you are a very refined lady!
    Whooops - now what are the dogs getting up to?

  8. #8
    parsnip/princess's Avatar
    parsnip/princess is offline Germinator
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Cocking, west sussex
    Posts
    17

    Default

    [QUOTE=wizzy;629104]

    I have increased my pot sizes incrementally with great success. The (now) 3 year old plants have increased in size dramatically and are very healthy bushes, ready to fruit in abundance for the first time this year. Also my (now) 2 year old plants have had one pot size increase since purchase and are also full of buds.

    I just love blueberries and would love to grow a bush of my own, and im a complete novice.
    Im understanding they stay growing in pots.
    Do they need ot be in a sunny area? slightly shaded? protected?
    Also when in its life would you expect a good crop from the plant? in its 2nd year or 3rd year??
    What soil do you grow it in?
    And do you need any feed for it?
    sorry if im coming across clueless xx lol
    "In order to live off a garden, you practically have to live in it.

    To my favorite honeydew, do you carrot all for me?
    My heart beets for you, with your turnip nose, and radish face.
    You are a peach. If we cantaloupe, lettuce marry.
    Weed make a swell pea

Similar Threads

  1. Blueberries
    By dominic10 in forum Feeling Fruity
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 15-04-2010, 10:41 AM
  2. Blueberries
    By lesleygl in forum Feeling Fruity
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 02-03-2010, 08:56 AM
  3. Blueberries?
    By whitesidehasdoneitagain in forum Feeling Fruity
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-08-2008, 04:59 PM
  4. Blueberries
    By jc.jh in forum Weeds, Pests and Diseases
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 19-07-2008, 05:57 PM
  5. Blueberries
    By Basil!! in forum Feeling Fruity
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: 04-01-2006, 09:10 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts