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    Gman is offline Germinator
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    I have 3 varieties of blueberry.

    Grown in big pots in ericaceous compost.

    Best of the 3 by far is called Polaris. Loads of tasty sweet berries and pretty foliage in autumn.

    One other blue blueberry variety bought from a garden centre but I donít know the variety. Berries smaller and sharper but nice in cereal.

    We have a pink lemonade which for us has been rubbish. We have had a total of about 3 berries over 5 years. Berries on this plant are sour and bland. Seems very different from other peoplesí experience. Tried moving from pot to garden and still no berries.

    Polaris is tasty though.

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    The two that produce here came with the house so cant say variety, however they looked sick at first, pretty sure issue was ph , tested at 5.5 to 6.0 back then. Good doses of sulphur and now are romping away with new growth from the base. Birds only eat the blueberries here, leave raspberry, strawberry, black currant, etc alone

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    Quote Originally Posted by It never rains..it pours View Post
    The two that produce here came with the house so cant say variety, however they looked sick at first, pretty sure issue was ph , tested at 5.5 to 6.0 back then. Good doses of sulphur and now are romping away with new growth from the base. Birds only eat the blueberries here, leave raspberry, strawberry, black currant, etc alone
    How long did it take for your soil PH to come down? Great the birds leave your other fruit alone!

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    AllotmentMummy is offline Seedling
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    Thank you everyone for really helpful suggestions. Think I am going to go for Blue Crop, Herbert, Polaris and Chandler for the blue blueberries, and see if I can find a space for more varieties next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllotmentMummy View Post
    How long did it take for your soil PH to come down? Great the birds leave your other fruit alone!

    According to my scribblings, on the established used first 30g m2 sulphur on 14/1/18 and did similar each month as read on established it safest to spread large applications, till got to roughly 200 gm2 sulphur that read needed to drop ph 1 point on my clay soil (need to test it to confirm sometime but they look good now). On the new planting added 200g m2 to soil, mixed in and then planted them 2 months after, and they seemed to grow well this summer. Unlike one I had in a pot with b&q ericaceous compost that died. Like you I like to have different varities rather than just one, half the fun in my book and lengthens harvest window. Hope they grow and produce well for you.

    Shame the slugs, raspberry beetle, etc arent as fussy as the birds

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    AllotmentMummy is offline Seedling
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    Quote Originally Posted by It never rains..it pours View Post
    According to my scribblings, on the established used first 30g m2 sulphur on 14/1/18 and did similar each month as read on established it safest to spread large applications, till got to roughly 200 gm2 sulphur that read needed to drop ph 1 point on my clay soil (need to test it to confirm sometime but they look good now). On the new planting added 200g m2 to soil, mixed in and then planted them 2 months after, and they seemed to grow well this summer. Unlike one I had in a pot with b&q ericaceous compost that died. Like you I like to have different varities rather than just one, half the fun in my book and lengthens harvest window. Hope they grow and produce well for you.

    Shame the slugs, raspberry beetle, etc arent as fussy as the birds
    That is super useful info thanks, hope yours go from strength to strength this season!

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