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Should I send this Blueberry back?

I had a couple of blueberries arrive yesterday from Primrose, and I am wondering if both are OK.

On The LHS in the pic is a Sunshine Blue blueberry, which is looking good. But it is supposed to be an evergreen so should be looking OK. I think it is also a bushier variety.

The one in question in the middle is a Bluecrop blueberry which looks weedy, but it could be autumn dying off of leaves. The question is whether I should send this one back.

(Ignore the Black Butte blackberry on the right)

Cheers

Ferdinand




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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 18,465
    I think they are good plants, the green is healthy, just cut off for packaging.  Pot them on, they’ll be lovely next year. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 71,946
    I agree ... I think they'll be fine  :)
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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,067
    The one in question looks like it will be a vigorous plant and has strong buds - don't worry about those few tatty leaves left on it but remove them if you want.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thanks.

    Great Big Silly Old Hector will proceed with the potting.
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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 6,996
    'Sunshine Blue' is a dwarf variety so probably didn't need cutting back for transport.  It's a "southern highbush" variety, which are evergreen or semi-evergreen; the RHS describes it as "only suitable for mild areas" so you may need to site it carefully, and be prepared to protect it if it gets very cold... not that I know where you garden of course, could be the Scilly Isles (if you're lucky!)   :)
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  • Ferdinand2000Ferdinand2000 Posts: 525
    edited September 2020
    'Sunshine Blue' is a dwarf variety so probably didn't need cutting back for transport.  It's a "southern highbush" variety, which are evergreen or semi-evergreen; the RHS describes it as "only suitable for mild areas" so you may need to site it carefully, and be prepared to protect it if it gets very cold... not that I know where you garden of course, could be the Scilly Isles (if you're lucky!)   :)

    Yes .. it’s a bit of a punt, but I wanted an evergreen for the lead contrast in autumn, and pink flowers in spring.

    I am in the Midlands between Nottingham and Chesterfield, and it will be in a south facing garden with reasonable shelter from the prevailing wind, albeit at 600 feet.

    I was at Hardwick Hall last week, and quite surprised they have a Liriodendron in their garden at 500ft on top of a hill quite exposed to the Westerlies. So perhaps I am due a Scillies climate by 2050  B) .

    We will see.

    Ferdinand
    “Rivers know this ... we will get there in the end.”

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