Standard Blueberry bush / tree

On a recent Gardeners World programme with Monty Don, he was planting 'standard' blueberry bushes / trees in large pots for the garden.

Having trawled the internet, I cannot seem to find a supplier of standard blueberry tree / bushes - only the normal bushes.

If anyone knows of a supplier where these 'standards' can be bought from I will be very, very grateful!

Thank you

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  • ChinoChino Posts: 4

    No, neither can I, very frustrating as it seemed like standard blueberry pots would be an attractive idea to frame a kitchen door.

  • Hello there imagethis is the  Standard  blueberry 

  • WateryWatery Posts: 388

    Don't know if that's what Monty was planting/talking about but that's a holly with blue berries, and not an edible blueberry Vaccinium corymbosum. 

    I don't think you can do a standard with a blueberry.  I don't think the black would grow that way.   It's supposed to be a bush and would not develop a strong enough "trunk" to support multiple branches on the top of one.

  • ChinoChino Posts: 4

    No, it was definitely a blueberry! He showed the plant and gave all the standard care instructions for a regular blueberry plant. It's a mystery!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 48,963

    The strength of the 'trunk' needn't be a problem as it could be supported with canes as is done with fuchsia standards. 

    Why not take some cuttings and grow your own and see how it turns out?  I'd follow the procedure for fuchsia standards. 

    "...tea and toasted buttered currant buns, can't compensate for lack of sun because the summer's all gone..."   Autumn Almanac - Ray Davies
  • WateryWatery Posts: 388

    Looking back at my comment and wondering what the heck I meant.   Wish I could still edit it.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 48,963

    I think I know what you were probably trying to say Watery, but that you probably needed another coffee before saying it ... image  It happens to us all ... image

    "...tea and toasted buttered currant buns, can't compensate for lack of sun because the summer's all gone..."   Autumn Almanac - Ray Davies
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    I'd stick with the bush shape. I assume the Gardeners World/Monty Don's budget is huge!

  • Hi if you play the Gardeners world episode on the bbc iplayer you will spot on the bottom left of the screen the name of the blueberry it is Blueberry bluecrop and it is availabe from Morgan and freeman price is £14 99. My son sussed it out for you all, clever son ! Lol

  • ChinoChino Posts: 4

    Thanks Patricia, and thanks to your son too! I'd got the variety name but websites (and I think you may mean Thopmson & Morgan) just seem to refer to regular shrub bush varieties. I think a standard trained blueberry would be much older and thus more expensive than the items on offer. I suppose I could buy one and see where we get with training - I'll let you know in about 5 years!! In the meantime, thanks again to you both. Kind regards.

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