I bought 2 blueberry bushes mid spring and planted them in my yard. They now have this new growth I have never seen on any of my other blueberry plants. The new growth limbs are long and thin with lots of small branches. The ends of the branches have pod like things on them that have purple and white flowers on them. But the pods are breaking open and they have fluffy white seeds in them, that look like the seeds of a dandelion.( the kind that blow away with the wind). What is going on with these plants? I'm completely baffled. (Yes I know I need more nitrates also lol)! I'm trying one more time with new pics.. They all come off of one main trunk. The limbs actually go from bb bush to this thing which does look like the plant someone mentioned below in the comments. So idk.. enter image description hereenter image description hereenter image description here

  • Can you add some photos please?
    – Bamboo
    Jul 21, 2018 at 20:40
  • @Taz Are you trying to upload more pictures? Do you need help? (hey I always do)...blueberries need acidic soil do you know what your soil's pH is? Tell Bamboo you had a picture up and that I am not crazy? Grins!
    – stormy
    Jul 22, 2018 at 23:07
  • Yes I tried to upload 2 more pics and for some reason it erased the one I originally had up there lol
    – Taz
    Jul 23, 2018 at 1:46
  • I don't know the PH of the soil where I have them planted. But I do know it is very alkaline beings its mostly clay. I have bad soil here for sure. I'm prob just going to end up pulling them and starting over and putting a bunch of pine needles in soil and other nitrate rich stuff and making a good mulch for top, sense no one can figure out or tell me what's going on with these ones I have. I'll just make sure a buy them from a good nursery this time instead of trying to get them cheaper.
    – Taz
    Jul 23, 2018 at 1:51
  • Clay is not an indication of high pH. In fact, the electrostatic properties of clay tend to hold onto Hydrogen atoms. Blueberries need an acid soil. The best way to deal with blueberries is to plant them in pots with potting soil. Pine needles will not change the pH enough to do any good and you have to wait until they decompose. Sulfur is the best way to lower the pH but it is generally unstable. Organic matter will buffer the pH of a soil. All soil is good soil. All soils have different management techniques but all soil is improved by dumping decomposed organic matter on the surface
    – stormy
    Jul 23, 2018 at 3:33

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You have two different plants in the same spot here. One is your blueberry (thick branches with round leaves and berries), the other is a weed that happens to grow there as well (everything you described as “strange growth“). Those are not new branches of blueberry and you can simply pull them out. In fact, I recommend you do so soon, it’s outcompeting your blueberry with regards to water, light and nutrients.

For a precise identification we would ideally have better photos, preferably close-ups, but from what you gave us, I would say it’s probably smallflower hairy willowherb, Epilobium parviflorum. Widely distributed in Europe, it’s a neophyte in the US (which already means you should pull it out). If you let it be, you can expect to see more of them next season, as the “white fluffy stuff“ are seeds which get distributed by the wind - just like the dandelions you compared it to.

Here are some photos from my garden (yes, I’m quite lazy when it comes to weeding): enter image description here
The flowers and some open seed pods.

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A seed pod just about to open. Note the fluffy seeds ready to be blown away. In the background, open pods and flower buds.

  • Wow, beautiful picture Stephie. Gee, I am sold! Until someone else comes up with something even better?
    – stormy
    Jul 29, 2018 at 6:06

We definitely need better photos. Is that the 'blueberry' in the center of the photo? What variety of blueberry? The plant in the center is the weird growth you are talking about? Along with the loopy 'aerial roots'?

I think you have an Epiphyte. A non parasitic 'air' plant. You picked it up at the nursery with your blueberry shrubs. Until you send better pictures we don't know which epiphyte. I would call the nursery or store you purchased your shrubs and ask them if they also sell air plants. Perhaps one was on a tree above the pots of blueberries? Or a seed blew into the soil of your potted shrubs?

Very interesting. This could be Spanish Moss.

Spanish moss in cultivation Spanish Moss

  • No that pic is of the middle of one of the new shoots coming off the blueberry plant. I've looked at the dirt below the bb and it is deffenatly part of the bb bush. It is supposedly a highbush blueberry. The small thin finger like protrusions split apart and make the spiral type thing you see in the pic. In the center of the spiral thing there is a fuzzy thing that looks like a dandelion fluffy seed.
    – Taz
    Jul 22, 2018 at 5:33
  • Well I'm mystified - I'm not seeing any photo of this blueberry plant at all, there are no photos attached to the question...
    – Bamboo
    Jul 22, 2018 at 10:04
  • @Bamboo Honest, there WAS a picture, very blurry, all I possibly recognized was these curly cue epiphyte thingys and I went with it. The epiphyte thingys couldn't possibly be any things else, I was thinking? Weird.
    – stormy
    Jul 22, 2018 at 23:04
  • Yes there was a photo. I tried uploading more and it seemed to have erased the original one.. Sorry. I'll try again.
    – Taz
    Jul 23, 2018 at 1:55
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    @stormy curly things = seed pods. With willowherb, they split open lengthwise, and the parts curl backwards and twist and twirl.
    – Stephie
    Jul 23, 2018 at 5:50

These are not blueberry plants at all. I can show you pictures of blueberry plants Blueberry Plants

  • The bottom part looks like a bb plant and has bb on it. The rest of it idk wtf is going on. I've had bb plants at many of my previous homes I know what a healthy plant looks like th.
    – Taz
    Jul 23, 2018 at 1:44

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