blueberry - early fruiting
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: prefers moist, well-drained, acidic soil or ericaceous compost in a pot.
- Rate of growth: average
- Other features: light blue berries (June-July)
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Renowned for producing some of the best flavoured blueberries, the attractive light blue fruits appear early in the season, are very large and have a tangy, sweet taste. The bush has upright growth to 1.8m at maturity, which makes picking very easy and the glossy green leaves turn attractive shades of yellow and orange in autumn. Ideally these plants should be planted in well-drained sandy loam with lots of additional organic matter.
- Garden care: Prepare the ground well before planting. Blueberries can also be grown in large pots and containers if ericaceous compost is used. Prune in winter, cutting out dead or damaged branches. In spring, feed with sulphate of ammonia, sulphate of potash and bonemeal and top-dress with ericaceous compost.
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Q:Vegetable suggestions for a shady veg. garden!
Hello I have raised beds for veggies in my new garden. One bed gets sun most of the day whilst the other gets only a little sunshine .Could you please help with a list of fruit and veg to grow in each of them. Many thanksAsked on 4/7/2010 by Judith
A:Hello There, I'm afraid you will have trouble getting a bumper yield of any of the edible crops if the bed receives little sun, as most of them need full sun. Ones that tolerate some shade include radish, potato, borage, horseradish, blueberry, blackberry and tayberry - all the others will flourish in the sun. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/8/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Blueberry plant in pots?
Hello I have just taken delivery of three blueberry bushes and would like to plant them up into pots, but I am not sure what size pots I should use, or should I plant them on into larger pots at a later stage? Can you advise me please? The plants I have are "Nui," "Bluecrop" and "Ozarkblue". I realise they need ericaceous compost. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Many thanks AnneAsked on 2/25/2010 by Anne Meyjes
A:Hello Anne, You can either pot them up into an intermediate sized pot initially (say around 35-40cm diameter) and then move them up to a largish pot (around 60cm+) in a year or two, or pot them straight out into the larger pots. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 2/26/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Blueberries in a pot.....
Next year I want to grow Blueberries in a tub - 'Bluecrop' looks good. Do I need to have more that one plant for fruit? And what size tub would be suitable? Thanks KathAsked on 12/6/2009 by Kath Scott
A:Hello Kath, These plants are self fertile so they do not need a pollinating partner, although you will often get a bigger crop if they do have one. You should aim to get a pot at least 60 x 60cm and fill it with ericaceous compost. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 12/8/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Thanks - I'll sort the pot out and then place an order. KathAnswered on 12/9/2009 by Kath Scott
Q:Fruit trees for north facing wall?
Hello, I would like to grow some small fruit trees in containers against a north east facing wall. Any advice on what varieties would suit these conditions? Many thanks, TammyAsked on 9/29/2009 by Tammy
A:Hello Tammy, I'm afraid most fruit needs a good amount of sun to flourish, so this a north-east wall is really not an ideal spot. I don't think any of the trees will thrive, however you could try either Blueberries or a Tayberry. I'm sorry not to be more help.Answered on 9/30/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Hi I have 2 Blueberry plants,- can you give me any help as to how I can grow more berries, and how do I protect them through the cold winter? Thank you MaryAsked on 7/20/2009 by mary curreri
A:Hello Mary, The plants are fully hardy so you don't need any protection in the winter. If you want to push the plant into producing more fruit, then you could feed them with Sulphate of Potash, which will give them a boost. I hope this helps, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 3/7/2012 by Helen
Q:Where are the blueberries?
Please can you give me some advice about my Dad's blueberry bushes. They have been in the ground for several years but to this day no fruit. Do they not like being in the ground? My Dad is all for digging them up but they do look very healthy. Many thanks.Asked on 7/10/2009 by Julia Conway
A:Hello There, There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower or subsequently go on to produce fruit. These include too much shade, not enough water or nutrients, or pruning at the wrong time of the year. I am not really sure why your Dad's have not produced fruit, but you can often give them a bit of a push by feeding with a high potash fertiliser.Answered on 7/13/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Has my Blueberry bush died?
I purchased from you last spring a Blueberry. It arrived in good condition and after planting in a suitable sized pot it grew and thrived - and even produced some blueberries. I understood this to be hardy, but in the autumn it lost all its leaves. What's gone wrong?Asked on 5/21/2006 by MAVIS ALEXANDER
A:Many Blueberries are deciduous, so they do lose all their leaves in the autumn and don't put on new ones until the spring. This is a natural part of their life cycle and won't affect their long term health and vigour. Therefore, I would not give up on yours just yet, but do keep a look out for new growth in the spring.Answered on 5/22/2006 by Crocus
Q:What soil for my Blueberries?
Can you tell me what soil type is best for growing Blueberries?Asked on 8/23/2005 by NICOLA KAY
A:Blueberries prefer moist, well-drained acidic soil, but they will grow in sandy or normal soil too. In a pot, your best option would be ericaceous compost.Answered on 8/24/2005 by Crocus
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