Blue berry bushes

GWRSGWRS Posts: 5,110

Just bought 2 blue berry bushes , wondered if anybody has any tips for looking after them ?image

I intend to plant them in my allotment in full sun image



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,111

    They prefer acid soil. I have to grow them in pots of ericaceous compost.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • scrogginscroggin Posts: 2,049

    Bought a couple from Lidl today £1.99 each, going to give them a try on my allotment, its clay based. At that price nothing lost if they fail.

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,908

    ...and they are likely to fail without being planted in ericaceous compost...

    I grow them in pots in the back garden...I'm happy to be wrong but if you want to grow them on an allotment the best chance they have is to be planted in wide bottom less pots filled with ericaceous compost, the pot will allow them to draw up moisture from the soil and they'll draw nutrients from the compost. Later in the year a mulch of pine needles or possible leaf mulch willl help...if they take.

    ...and new plants shouldn't be pruned in the first two years, this allows them to put on growth.

  • Mark 499Mark 499 Posts: 379

    They must have acid soil & be watered with rainwater or you are just wasting your time & money.

  • scrogginscroggin Posts: 2,049

    Thanks for the advice, as a test I will try growing one in a pot with ericaceous compost and the other on the allotment in a hole filled with the same compost.


  • scrogginscroggin Posts: 2,049

    Lots of useful advice, thanks everyone. It will be an interesting challenge to get a crop but thats the fun of gardening.

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,569

    Scroggin what sort are they,

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,569

    The R H S has some very good advise for them Scroggin,, note the size of pot and PH of the soil, im doing the same soon all in 12" pots,good luck

  • GWRSGWRS Posts: 5,110

    Hello everybody , thanks for the advise , have been out and bought some ericaccous compost today and planted them in open pots in the ground also seemed a good idea to put some ericaccous stuff in the bottom of the hole image

    I have to say this site is great for practical advise , much better than just reading books or the internet , once again many thanks image

  • scrogginscroggin Posts: 2,049

    Hi Alan, they were an impulse buy from Lidl, I have taken over a second allotment and eventually will devote part of it to fruit, we already grow rasp's and strawbs.

    Being from Lidl they are unnamed, but I will give them a try using what I've learnt here, if I need a seperate variety for pollination I may be in trouble as I dont think there are any others on the surrounding plots.

    If they do fail it wont be from lack of help here.


  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,569

    Last year a friend bought me a LIDL fig,i fed it on a little nettle juice and well chopped up seaweed for 3 months, it is absolutely a beauty now and ready to go into a pit ,so sometimes the Lidl  stuffs good as well as cheap,, my Blues  will be in ordinary 12 " pots as it seems they dont like big pots too soon, and lots of people here recommend pots better than open ground and it solves the soil composition as they say ericaccous is the one. good luck matey

  • Lori73Lori73 Posts: 42

    Today I bought my first blueberry plant, its a 'goldtraube' in a 2L pot with plenty of new leaf buds on. I'm wondering is it advisable to pot it on or leave it where it is this year?

    Does anyone have any suggestions as to which other variety I should get to encourage cross pollination? There seems to be so much conflicting advice online when it comes to blueberries and when they flower and fruit, so I'm seeking 'tried an  tested' advice from those of you who successfully grow a good crop.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,569

    Hi Lori73,  i found a brilliant chap on u tube (HOW TO PLANT BLUEBERRIES BY JEFF) just the kind of real info your looking for, he would be great on TV and talks sense ,by the way it seems all blueberries are fairly self fertile but do far better mixed as he shows in his vid well worth a look, iv also ordered Spartan ,a friend advised they are really good fruiters along with 2 others hope this helps ,good luck.image

  • djjjukdjjjuk Posts: 212

    Hello Lori. i am no expert by any means but have researched a fair bit before buying my own. like raspberries, i believe the idea is to have different varieties that will provide the longest crop over the season. personally i would go for 3 plants to start with, maybe 6 if you have the space and time to tender to them properly and are experienced enough - 

    'Duke' - early season

    'Bluecrop' - a mid season

    'Chandler' - late season

    so these would cross pollinate. as you already have a Goldtraube (mid season) maybe you could omit Chandler in its place. 

  • scrogginscroggin Posts: 2,049

    Have planted my Lidl Blueberries in 12" pots filled with ericaceous compost, will look out for another variety for cross pollination.

  • I have 2 early, 2 middle and 2 lates they are 3 years old this season they are all in pots of ericaceous compost . Loads of berries last year, so expecting a good yield this year as I have just top dressed them

  • Lori73Lori73 Posts: 42

    Thanks Alan and djjjuk, I have bought some ericacious compost and will pot the blueberry on tomorrow. Don't really have room for more than 3 plants or else I won't have room for all the other plants I want. I can get hold of plenty of bare root blueberry plants in wilko, lidl, poundstretcher etc... but I'm really after more established plants so we can get some fruit this year. I don't mind paying a bit extra for it but unfortunately there's really not much to choose from in the local nurseries, a bit disappointing really, but I'll keep looking.

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