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Hi -  this is my 2nd year of trying to grow blueberries.  My plant has been in the same pot and it is yet to grow any fruit.  In fact now the leaves are beginning to go brown and doesn't look too good at all.  My daughter, who bought the plant for me, has also the same type of blueberry and it is amazing.  Can anyone please give me any hints as to what I may be doing or not dong wrong.....

Many thanks Rubina

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,327

    Hi Rubina, what type of compost have you used in the pot?  They need acid conditions so it should be ericaceous.  Blueberries mustn't be allowed to dry out, but like any plant, overwatering can kill them too.  They should only be watered with rainwater as tap water is often alkaline and will do them no good.

    Does any of the above help?

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  • robbierobbie Posts: 15

    Hi Bob- many thanks for your reply and I think that you may have answered my question. Think I repotted it and used John Innes compost!!! (probably not a good idea) and have been using tap water. The plant has now completely died.  So Bob if I buy another one from our local garden centre, shall I leave it in the original pot as they would have planted it in the correct soil as  you suggested? Hopefully I will have more luck.  I would also like to grow Raspberries do they need special soil also? Many thanks for your help. Rubina

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,830

    Agree, blueberries need acid compost and rainwater.

    On the other hand, raspberries prefer a slightly limey soil, enriched with plenty of organic matter - compost, FYM etc. 

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  • robbierobbie Posts: 15

    Hi Verdun - thanks so much I feel more confident now and will replace my plant this weekend and take your advice. As you may have guessed this growing fruit is all new to me - i'm fine with tomatoes and potatoes.!!!

    Thanks a lot.

  • robbierobbie Posts: 15

    Hi Dovefromabove - many thanks for your advice and I will now replace plant with confidence.  All new to me this growing fruit. I'm ok with tomatoes/potatoes.

     

    Thanks a lot.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,942

    If you only have one plant it may need another variety as a pollinator.

     If it flowers but has no fruit, then that might be it.  Your daughters might be being cross pollinated by a neighbours plant.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • robbierobbie Posts: 15

    Ah goodness all these things to think of - thanks fidgetbones. Will give that a go and see how what happens. Thanks.

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