I bought a blueberry bush this weekend and intend to buy at least one
more as I've read that you need at least two for polination and
therefore a better yield. I have however read on a couple of websites
that it's better to have 2 different varieties of blueberry bush. Does
anyone know if I'll be ok with 2 the same or do I need to have 2
I was potentially going to look for an early cropper, a mid-season
cropper and a late cropper.
On Mon, 26 Mar 2012 12:14:53 +0000, JonnyBeBad wrote:
I have 8 bushes of several different varieties. The important thing with
blueberries is to come up with an effective netting scheme, if you don't
you won't get any. Birds love blueberries and they will strip the buses
clean in a few hours if you don't have a really good netting system.
My 2012 garden plan calls for three Blueberry bushes
planted in a row as female-male-female. They will be
late season bloomers.
My question is "If the pH of my soil is higher than 5.5,
what can I do so that Blueberry bushes survive and thrive?
the "pick your own" places up here do pretty well
though some do hire pickers for some of the season
so they can make pies, jams, fillings, ice-cream, etc.
one guy i talk to here or there says that it's very
hard for him to find people to pick.
the hours i spent picking in the past i can believe
him. this season is going to be pretty interesting
with the repeated hard freezes/frosts. i think the
one last night took out a lot of blooms here.
planted second round of onion seeds,
watered and weeded yesterday, today looks
nice again so i'll be back out once it
warms up a little more.
First of all, there are no male/female blueberries (genus Vaccinium). Ph can
be corrected in several ways. Chemically, aluminum sulphate can be worked
into the soil. Organically, elemental sulphur and/or double ground pine bark
and/or sphagnum peat are worked in to the desired Ph. Organically is better
in that the plants require a large amount of organic matter in the soil.
Blueberry plants are very shallow rooted, therefore mulch is required as
well as regular rain or watering. All bloom buds should be removed the first
two years so the plant becomes well established.
1) Get a soil test and request suggestions for growing blueberry.
2) Talk with the county ag agent about varieties suitable for your area.
If rabbiteye (V. asheii) are suggested, go with them. Production is much
3) Prep the soil (if you have heavy clay, forget blueberry or use the
Florida method of growing in a raised bed of pine bark or peat).
4) Order plant for fall planting from a reputable blueberry nursery.
5) Plant them at the same depth they grew at the nursery. Prune well
removing all fruit buds (the round, fat ones). Mulch and water well.
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