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    JayTee is offline Germinator
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    Default Growing blueberries in the polytunnel

    I've decided to give up growing sweetcorn and moved my blueberry plants into the polytunnel, these grew well outside but in the last couple of years the birds have stripped them, I've planted them in ericaceous compost direct in the border, anyone else growing blueberries under cover

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    I have blueberries in pots and last year moved them into polytunnel to protect from birds. They had a marked growth spurt with six inches of new growth whilst inside. They loved it in there but I worried about the watering and what would happen to the soft new growth when they were moved outside for winter. They were fine. In beds I think they will be very happy and the watering won’t be an issue the way it is in pots. Hopefully you have lots of pollinators in the tunnel.
    I was thinking of setting up a netted tunnel sometime but if you have room in your polytunnel you will probably have some very happy plants.

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    My tunnel is too small to accommodate anything that will grow happily outside - i need every inch of space for stuff that won't perform without protection. I hope you get bumper crops next year though!
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    I had various berrys in pots, kept in greenhouse last winter and now believe it may be a mistake. Firstly as most need winter chill hours and the cold does a good job of killing virus and along with help from the birds kills insects. This winter plan to bring them in at early spring to get early fruit. One concern I have is the effect on roots of very cold weather.
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    If you are worried about the roots in the pots freezing, could you bury them in the ground temporarily then dig them up later ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickdub View Post
    If you are worried about the roots in the pots freezing, could you bury them in the ground temporarily then dig them up later ?
    Thanks, if it gets really cold this winter, digging the whole pot in a bare bed, is is a good plan
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    Mine were outside in pots when the Beast from the East hit last winter and they were absolutely fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bario1 View Post
    Mine were outside in pots when the Beast from the East hit last winter and they were absolutely fine.
    Noted, thank you Bario1

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