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Blueberry pink lemonade

debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,216
edited August 2018 in Plants
hi all hoping for more advice on this plant I have 3 in large pots with ericaceous compost healthy looking growing well no buds no fruit it's been 3 years should I cut my losses? Advice on another post seems to be that it's not self fertile as I was told? I am happy to buy other plants but which ones??? In the West Midlands and plants are left outside on sunny allotment all year round. Any advice gratefully received. I know about flowers but these edible plants are making me feel like a fool!!!
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,356
    My understanding from what I've read is that selecting a pollinator for Pink Lemonade is a bit complicated because it's a hybrid of two species of blueberry.

    My best advice would be to consult the Trehane Nursery ... they are the blueberry specialists in the UK  https://www.trehanenursery.co.uk/ 

    Good luck  :)
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,518
    I believe Pink Lemonade is  self-fertile, so maybe there are other considerations.
    Another variety (any that takes your liking) should improve fertility, but no fruit at all must be something else missing.
    Are you feeding them with an ericaceous feed and using rain water (when available)?

    I bought 3 plants last year - Herbert, Ozark Blue and Patriot. The blackbirds beat me to most of the Herbert berries, but I got about 500g between the other 2.
    Herbert and Ozark Blue I thought were outstanding

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,356
    Everything I've read online so far seems to say that despite sales promises it seems to be only partially self-fertile and needs a pollination partner. 
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  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,216
    Apparently it needs a rabbit eye blueberry to pollinate well but as that is an American term I am at a loss. I am a bit cross as they definitely advertise them as self fertile, I think I have been had for a giddy kipper! 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,356
    Send an email to Trehane Nursery (in my earlier link).  I've heard they're very helpful. 
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  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,216
    edited August 2018
    Will do Dove I looked at them but thought it was a bit cheeky asking their advice as I didn't buy the original plants from them but I would buy new ones if they can point me in the direction of a good pollinator as hubby eats blueberries every day! 
  • RubyRossRubyRoss Dublin, IrelandPosts: 91
    I also haveneed a fruitless pink lemonade so keen to know what you find out. 
  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,216
    Have emailed trehane will let you know what's said! Thanks Dove 
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,579
    Getting a suitable pollination partner is certainly a good idea but I also found fruiting was affected by untimely frosts zapping flowers, sometimes still in bud, or else cold winds and frosts kept the pollinators in hiding so no fruit.

    I the years when all went ell I'd have to net them to make sure I got some of the fruits or the birds would have the lot.   Worth the trouble when they did fruit tho.   Mind you, I also enjoyed the frozen ones from the SM and here I've found frozen wild blueberries that are even better - aka native bilberries when I was a lass but not seen since we left Manchester in the mid 60s.
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,518
    debs64 said:
    Have emailed trehane will let you know what's said! Thanks Dove 
    That's where I got mine from.
    As Dove says - they are very helpful and my bushes from them are growing very well.
    I highly recommend Herbert (the most blueberry tasting blueberry apparently) and Ozark Blue
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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