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Blueberries - Using R. O. Water

Hello
I've just bought a couple of blueberry bushes and after some research I read that they prefer rain water. Unfortunately I don't have any rain water due to keeping way to many carnivorous plants which also use rain water. I have an reverse osmosis system that I use for them and was wondering if I can use that for the blueberries. I have read that using R. O. Water for some plants  can cause problems later down the road as such. Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

Lee

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  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,569
    It will probably depend what your starting water quality is like. (Are you using RO on mains tap water, btw? Just curious - it doesn't matter). Get yourself a pH test kit and test a few samples from your RO. If the pH is above about 5.5 then your blueberries may not like it.
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  • Lee73leeLee73lee Posts: 4
    Thank you for the quick reply. I'm on the south coast of the UK, my water is  hard but uve never tested ph so will have to get myself a kit. Yes I do run the R.O. unit from the mains.

    Cheers Lee 
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,142
    Are the blueberries in pots?
  • Lee73leeLee73lee Posts: 4
    They are indeed, I was going to put them into bigger containers but my thinking is maybe now isn' the right time as they are in flower. The plants are only about 10/12 inches in height so far.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,557
    I don't know if there's a reason not to, but you can get pH adjusters.
    You'll definitely need a decent pH meter, but you can get pH up and pH down for plants.
    eg Amazon sell them
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  • Lee73leeLee73lee Posts: 4
    Ok thank you for your input. My plan of action will be to invest in a pH meter/test kit. Maybe not repot until they go dormant (unsure of best time for this until more research is done). Use ericaceous soil when doing so. Until I can collect rain water I'll go with the R.O. Water and acid loving plant feed and monitor soil acidity as best I can.

    Lee
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