Blueberries

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Honey

Blueberries

Does anyone else grow these? They are so easy to grow. I have three plants growing in ericaceous compost in large tubs (I water with rain water) This is their second summer and they have been absolutely loaded with fruit this year.

I love blueberries and yoghurt on my cereal (one of the super foods apparently) and though I had to buy the shrubs in the first place (not cheap), I'm sure I will be quids in as the fruit can be quite pricey. They freeze very well too. Lovely in muffins.

I've had to make some fruit cages for them though... just lift off easily to pick each morning. Not sure what was fetching the fruit last year... but I learnt that as soon as they start to go blue, you need to get a cage on them.

Honey :-x

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Essex Girl

Growing Blueberries

Honey, I love blueberries and always buy them from the supermarket this time of the year when they are a bit cheaper but they are usually from Poland or Italy. Are the plants too big to grow in a pot - I think yours are in the garden, aren't they?

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Essex Girl

Blueberries in Pots

Having a senior moment - just seen that yours are in tubs!!!

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Biggles !

Blueberries

Hi, we are growing blueberries in a bed filled with the soil Honey can spell and I can't :0(

They don't like to grow alone I read, and now we have 2 close together they fruited quite well. Hoping for much better crop next year.

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Elpe

Blueberries

Like you, Honey, we grow ours in very large pots with ericaceous compost & rainwater from the butts. Have had them for a few years now & this year there's been a good crop. Lovely atop cereal. The most amazing blueberries I've ever eaten were in the US in Maine -totally unforgettable!

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Honey

Blueberries

Ann, you COULD grow them in the ground if you had acidic soil, but as we don't, I grow them in tubs. But if you Google blueberries, you will find that a lot of people CHOSE to grow them in tubs. Not sure why, but I'm guessing it's so that the compost can be renewed periodically. But when I read up about it, there was someone with 8 year old plants in tubs and so it's not a problem... they just need potting on when necessary.

Elpe, I have three bushes and I would like another. I wish I knew which I bought from where because they certainly differ... some better then others it seems.

Honey :-x

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Essex Girl

Acidic soil

Is there an easy way of finding out what sort of soil you have?

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sandra

Acidic soil

Buy a kit from any garden centre - should have said more than one ! We are on chalk which should be alkaline but varies enormously.
Most is neutral in our plot but have found very alkaline spot or two and also acidic corner.
Highly recommend doing this test before planting anything !

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Elpe

Blueberries

Honey, this year we have five pots - Duke, Patriot and Blue Crop - all very nice.

I love 'em!

Have them every morning with a tub of plain yoghurt and a handful of pumpkin or sunflower seeds on the top! Home grown must taste gorgeous

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Honey

Blueberries

"Buy a kit from any garden centre - should have said more than one ! "

Sandra is right, this is the best way to know because soil can vary within your own garden. The only acidic spot I have is under pine trees where the needles will help with the acidity and so I've put a Tropaeolum speciosum under a blue ceder to climb through as it's the only place I stand a chance of growing one.

But EG, it's also worth just having a look in your neighbours gardens to see if they are growing rhododendrons or azaleas. If they are, then the chances are your soil is acidic and you can grow blueberries. But as the plants aren't cheap, it's probably worth checking the spot you might want to use before buying them. If the acidity is borderline, then you can buy a feed that will help with balancing the mix. In order for me to grow camellias, I have to use sequestrian (Sp?) that keeps the leaves a nice dark green.

Honey :-x

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kennykoala

g,day from d/under

hi honey hi all, blueberry shrubs cost $30.00 in auss,how much your way ? good for you,taste yummie.

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Honey

Blueberries

To be honest Kenny, I really can't remember how much I paid... just seemed expensive at the time (big strong sturdy plants). Could have been about £12 but not sure. Just Googled and this was what came up mail order at the side. Such a vast difference in prices.

Grow Your Own Blueberries
3 Top quality Blueberry plants just
£16.95! Get berries all season long
www.Suttons.co.uk/Blueberry

Buy Blueberry Bushes
From Just £2.99 each, VAT Free +
Free Delivery on Orders over £49.99
www.scotplantsdirect.co.uk/

Blueberries
UK Grown Blueberry bushes from £23
Heavy cropping plants - great gifts
www.plants4presents.co.uk

Buy Blueberries Bushes?
3 Blueberries Plants Only £12.99
Height of 120 to 150cm in a 9cm pot
jerseyplantsdirect.com/Blueberries

;o) So which do you reckon I should buy Kenny ?!! It's a minefield! Chances are I will support my local nursery.

Honey :-x

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Honey

Blueberries

But, if I were to buy mail order, I would go for Crocus because their plants are excellent quality. They have them reduced at the moment... £12.99 down to £9.99, plus postage of course. But you can buy with confidence from these people.

http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/fruit/bush/berries-etc/blueberry/classid.1890/

 
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