New to Growing Blueberries
DarrenB Posts: 5
in Fruit & veg
Have just purchased 3 blueberry plants 1yr old and in 9cm pots.
When they arrive do they need hardening off or can I plant them out straight away in the 12in pots they I have purchased with Ericaceous compost.
I have never grown blueberries before so any advice would be gratefully appreciated.
They need an acid soil, so ericaceous compost. Good that you've got three, they crop better with other plants around them, despite the fact that some are self fertile. If your ground is chalky or neutral then I'd grow them in containers. They can go straight out, it's ok now, but they are hardy plants anyway. I'd put them into 1 litre pots for this year, unless your soil is correct for them and they're going straight into the ground, in which case get 'em planted. They're only babies, so don't expect much fruit, if any, this year. I wouldn't let them fruit anyway, because they should be concentrating on making strong plants.
Go to http://www.dorsetblueberry.co.uk/advice.html Lots of info and if you have any questions, they are helpful via email.
Good link thanks for this I planted out mine a week ago and in a large pot with the Ericacious compost.. I will ask in the garden centre about Ericacious fertilizer... never heard of this.. I have some obscure fertilizers including Bonsai and Citrus fertilizersetc Plus the usual Growmore granules.. Any of those any good ??
Ok thanks for that.. I need to buy fresh Miracle Grow as used it all up last year..
The Ericacious compost I used was from B&Q.. I have only watered with rainwater..So fingers crossed..
You can buy granular fertilizer. Look for Azaela feed. That will be ericaceous. The brand doesn't matter. Not all Miracle-Gro will be ericaceous.
For blueberry, you need an open sunny place, winds and heavy rains will harm it.
Cultivate the plant in the soil with an acidic medium. Spicific nitrogen uptake occurs at an acidity level of 4.0-5.5. Excess of the norm has a bad effect on the crop.