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Help caring for my blueberry bush please

I was given this blueberry plant a couple of years ago.  I think this is its second summer.  Does it look okay? It seems quite spindly and bare  we had a handful of blueberries last year but that was it. How can I help it grow and produce good fruit? Its only ever had some tomato food but nothing yet this year. 


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    Yes, looks ok for a young one.  I assume it is planted in ericaceous (acid) compost?  They do need that.  If you had a lot of flowers last year but few berries, the likelihood is that lack of pollination is the issue.  While blueberries are partially self-fertile, the crop is increased hugely if you have a second blueberry of a different variety.  As yours is in flower now, look at 'early' cropping blueberries to get a suitable pollination partner.
    Because they require acidic soil, that means you also need to use a specialised food which can be taken-up by the plant, so tomato feed isn't ideal.  Look for liquid feeds which say they are for acid-lovers, such as azalea/rhododendron food.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Emily36Emily36 Posts: 22
    Thanks, good to know it looks okay! It didn't have many flowers last year, would this be just because it's a young plant? I'll look into getting some food for it. I'm quite sure it would have been potted in ericaceous compost as it was given to me by a reasonably keen gardener. 
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,580
    It's just young and it would have more flowers, as Bob said, if it had a friend of a different variety. If you have hard water then don't water it with tap water, use rain water.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,586
    course, if it doesnt rain, you have to use tap water, had had 3 ideally you really need at least 2 for polination, lost one in the summer of 2018, I just top dress the top every spring with a bit more compost, they are in pots and get bigger and better every year
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