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 Post subject: blueberry bushes
PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 4:47 pm 
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Location: Arkansas zone 8A
I'm interested in growing blueberry bushes where I live next year.
What species and cultivators would be good for where I live?

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Location: NH zone 4/5
OK a couple of the usual(s). 1. talk to your extension agent about what works in your area. 2. check your soil(s) acidity. BB like fairly acid soil.

As you wander through nurseries also look at Amelancher and huckleberry. Both have blue fruit and are cousin to BB. And tolerate more neutral soil.

If your soil isn't too alkaline my guess is your extension guy is gonna promote lowland (tall) blueberries vs upland (short) berries.

Lowland BB make bigger and more fruit per plant.

As a lad watching my grandfathers anguish from strawberry, rasberry, and huckleberry seed under his dentures was endlessly entertaining.

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I agree with Tomc. We grow several varieties of the half-highs (high-lows) bushes at work, mostly blue crop and blue ray. They are very easy to maintain. Do make certain your ph is adjusted before you bring your plants home. They will not grow properly in alkaline soil. We use peat moss in the planting holes to lower ph.

Another consideration is that some cultivars require several different plants for cross pollination.

There is also quite a variaton in taste - some are more tart, others are very sweet. From my experiences, I find the organically fed plants produce incredibly sweet berries. We feed with soybean meal; 3 oz. per plant.

Good luck,
Chickadee

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Chickadee is not trying to confuse. "Half high" BB are more recent breeds that have some of the yummy upland (short) taste, and some of the size fruits of lowland (tall) BB.

My last planting was of lowland BB. I've not tried these newfangled BB yet. :-)

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 Post subject: Re: blueberry bushes
PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:33 pm 
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I'm in NH and new to gardening. I planted a few blueberry bushes near each other. The directions said to use different species to help pollinate so I used three different species. I don't get up to NH very often so I'd like to make sure the plants make it through the winter. I have a lot for pine needles available and was wondering if I should pile them around plants to keep them from freezing.

Any help in getting started would be helpful.


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 Post subject: Re: blueberry bushes
PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 6:01 pm 
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I have planted blueberry bushes this fall. Not sure if they will take or not. I got them from Home Depot at the end of the season for 7 dollars which was a very good deal if they take. I mulched them good and hope that they return in the spring. I will let you know if what I did works and if it does then more can be added. Not sure of the variety, I think they were all the same. If I get berries then great, but time will tell if I get berries


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 Post subject: Re: blueberry bushes
PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:32 am 
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Thanks for the info. Sounds like we were doing the same thing at the same time. I bought mine at Lowes in Manchester. Next time I'm up in NH I'll get the name of the species I bought. Last time I was up there I had a tough time finding them. The weeds had covered them. My wife says I kill everything I plant. I'm hoping to get up that way again in a few weeks and I'll mulch them. I've never had much time for gardening, but I'm hoping this coming year will be different.

I also have an apple tree that I planted years ago. It puts out plenty of fruit, but the apples are all wormy. I've got to find out how to solve the problem. It would be nice to get a crop next fall.


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