I just bought a blueberry plant, a raspberry plant, strawberry plants, and
an apple tree online. The small blueberry 8 inch plant arrived today. My
plan is to grow them all in containers out on the deck in the back. I assume
I plant them and keep them in the house until when? The blueberry is dwarf
northsky and very hardy. When should I bring it outside - at the same time I
plant my regular garden seedlings or sooner? I'm in zone 6 NYC.
I read that the blueberry soil should be acidic and sandy. I haven't really
ever had to mix a soil up before. What should I add to make the soil acidic?
I have Cactus/ succulent mix, sphagnum peat moss, regular potting soil and
seed starting soil, what kind of mix should I use for its soil?
I'm thinking that since you are in zone 6 and purchased online, tha
they came bareroot and with instructions. They are probably dormant
but you will still have some freezes, so you may need to start the
indoors. They should send them at the proper time for plantin
outdoors. The directions should tell you what to do. Next time yo
mailorder, check references here.
As to the soil, peat moss is acidic, but doesn't have very man
nutrients. Potting soils are peat moss with some perlite and mayb
vermiculite mixed in. I would suggest that you use the potting soil.
If you can get a bag of compost, mix 60% potting soil with 40% compos
for your fruit, including your tree.
Here's some sites you should find helpful. Read all the way down t
include 'Characteristics of Blueberry Cultivars for Minnesota' at thi
"All apple cultivars are considered self-incompatible, meaning tha
they cannot pollinate themselves or any flowers of the same cultivar
You will need to plant at least two different cultivars of apple tree
together in order to achieve maximum fruit yield and quality. I
addition, the two cultivars selected need to have viable pollen an
bloom at the same time to ensure successful pollination. Some nurserie
also offer apple trees that have two or more compatible cultivar
grafted on the same tree."
I realize that I have given you many sites, but I feel they all hav
useful info you will need.
Thanks all your info was very helpful. I ordered all this stuff I've never
grown before and feel a bit overwhelmed like I'm going to kill all the
plants soon after they arrive.
Unfortunately, The instructions were very generic and didn't say if I keep
inside or go straight outside with the blueberry and raspberry. Since it was
very cold and there was still snow and I all around, I planted the blue
indoors and am storing the raspberry in the fridge as they suggest until I
can plant it.
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