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    carolefu is offline Seedling
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    I am thinking off buying some blueberry plants, as it's the ideal time off year to buy & plant. Ideally, any that are suitable for pots
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    Not sure id have any success with blueberries this far north. Shame.
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    Blueberries do crop successfully in Edinburgh. I visited the West Mains allotment open day (Edinburgh south side) this month and there were laden bushes.

    I've got a couple I bought as twigs from Morrisons 2 each this spring. I'm growing them on, and by the time the bed is ready for them (next year hopefully), they'll be that bit bigger. Varieties are Elliot and Patriot, so if I see a third at some point I'll take that too. Cheap way to get decent-sized fruit bushes - I hope!
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    Would endorse Joan J raspberries. Easy prolific and delicious. 2 gooseberries hinnomaki red and yellow, sprawling and very prickly but produced 4lb berries which is plenty for us.Next time would do a less prickly one.........
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    Thanks. Wonder if I might try blueberries then. Pollination wise are you ok with single but different plants? My garden is really sunny and sheltered so think that helps counteract the slightly shorter season. Certainly rasps grow well.
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    I think you need more than one different, but perhaps they flower at different times. Hopefully someone more knowledgeable than me can comment.
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    Blueberries love our climate, annie8. I've got a few bushes and they're cropping well enough, though you have to be vigilant, or the birds will take all the berries. One thing i will say, choose varieties with big berries, Chandler is one, and (maybe) Duke? Some have tiny berries which taste slightly nicer (tarter), but are a pain to pick.

    I bought 5 bare root bushes for 15 from scotlpants direct a few years back - they were small, but they're slowly getting bigger.

    If you can afford it though, potted ones from Pomona are excellent, much more mature and the ones I bought my mum came laden with fruit!

    https://www.pomonafruits.co.uk/soft-...-bush-chandler
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    Mmm, hadn't thought about berry size. I see on googling that Elliot has medium sized berries and Patriot large sized berries. I'll make sure my No 3 bush errs on the large size.
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