Just bought 2 blue berry bushes , wondered if anybody has any tips for looking after them ?
I intend to plant them in my allotment in full sun
They prefer acid soil. I have to grow them in pots of ericaceous compost.
...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.
They must have acid soil & be watered with rainwater or you are just wasting your time & money.
Scroggin what sort are they,
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
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
I have to say this site is great for practical advise , much better than just reading books or the internet , once again many thanks