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Flowering plants of genus Vaccinium; grown for their fruit.

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Is it really important to give blueberry plants acidic soil?

I have two blueberry bushes which I planted at the end of the summer. Although I had read online that they prefer acidic soil, I didn't have the time to check the pH of our soil, and go out to buy ...
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How can I safely transplant blueberry bushes planted in the spring before the winter hits?

If all goes according to plan, I will be moving this winter to another location. I currently have two blueberry bushes I planted last spring, purchased from Gurney's. I'm wondering what the ...
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What causes flowers to fall off of a blueberry bush?

My blueberry bush's flower bells are falling off, leaving only the center stalk (stamen? pistil? whatever it is, its part of the sex organs) Is this what happens when a blueberry flower is properly ...
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Why does my blueberry bush have brown/scorched leaves?

I recently purchased a dwarf Northsky blueberry bush from a mail order company. When I recieved it, roughly 15-20% of its leaves had the appearance of being burned or scorched; the bad leaves were ...
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Why do blueberries need acidic soil?

I know that blueberries need soil in the range of ph 4-5, but no one ever says why they need the pH in that range. I've heard that it may be because of a lack of available iron at higher pH, and that ...
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Can blueberries and raspberries be planted near each other?

We have some raspberry canes growing in a space in our yard and while doing some work this summer I removed some thorn bushes and stunted trees that were taking up sun, which was great for the ...
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Blueberry bushes leaves turned red and fell off

I was told to add coffee grounds to my blueberries. After I did the leaves on two of them turned dark red and they all fell off. Leaves have returned and loads of flowers, but the berries seem to not ...
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What are the best soil amendments for container grown blueberries?

What are the best soil amendments for blueberries grown in containers? What's the best mulch? Last year I used chopped leaves from a friend's landscaping job that is no longer around. I also ...
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What is the grassy-looking plant at the base of my blueberry bush?

I bought a starter blueberry bush a couple of months ago. It has been growing well but there seems to be something else growing at the base. I'm not sure if it's more blueberry stalk or weeds, and I'...
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What could be causing my blueberries to have a funny taste?

I have just harvested some of the ripest berries from a row of 6 blueberries of different varieties. They all have a slightly odd taste that I have never detected in store bought blueberries. It is ...
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What happens if you don't use a trellis for berries?

I hear that most kinds of berries need trellises like the one pictured below. I believe that the trellis keeps the stalks growing upright. Beyond the aesthetics, would anything bad happen if I grew ...
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Should blueberry suckers be removed?

I have a potted Sunshine Blueberry plant. I noticed suckers started appearing a few inches from the main trunk. Should I leave those suckers there or cut them off? I have read that suckers on big ...
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Pine Bark vs Sphagnum Peat/Sand for Blueberries and Azaleas

I had a quick question, because I'm trying to figure up my mulch and fertilizer needs for this Spring. I had bought my father a couple of blueberry plants, among others, because that's what he wanted ...
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Requirements for successful Blueberry bush planting

We tried planting Blueberries last year, and went 0 for 3. We tried to follow the instructions: Planted in a mix of 50/50 mulch and organic gardening soil Watered infrequently but heavily (1/week, ...
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Is there anything I should avoid putting in compost that I am going to use for blueberries?

Is there anything I should avoid (or encourage) adding to compost that I am going to make to grow blueberries?
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Damaged blueberry plants

I have two small blueberry bushes that I planted last summer. During winter I've had a hare/rabbit that has chewed them up. Only the 2-3 innermost biggest core branches of each plant remains and ...
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Can I raise a bush up by pushing dirt under it?

I have some blueberry bushes. Some were just planted two weeks ago, and others are two years old. However, they aren't draining as well as I'd like during heavy rains, and had some standing water ...
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When to apply amendments to blueberries

I've got a blueberry in a pot that was repotted without amending the soil. Now it seems to be growing okay but rather then repotting it again, I'm wondering if I can apply a coffee grounds mulch while ...
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What's causing the edges of my blueberry leaves to burn?

Last year, this Sunshine Blueberry plant was doing stupendously - not a burned leaf in sight. Now most of the leaves appear like they're burning. Also, the fruit never mature to full size before they ...
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Blueberry leaves that curl and then brown

I live in Sunset zone 17. I purchased a pair of blueberries in February. I transplanted them into five gallon pots, and used a mix of potting soil and coconut coir that drains pretty well. I also ...
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Can I ignore soil pH and just give blueberries chelated iron?

As Why do blueberries need acidic soil? points out, it seems that iron is really the biggest nutrient to suffer in alkaline conditions. Even an answer there, despite a nice emphasis on the broader ...
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What does "prune back to new wood" mean?

Re blueberries, this URL says "prune back to new wood". The meaning is not obvious to me. They don't say to remove all old wood, from the base. In fact, from the context, the rule seems meant to ...
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Blueberry spacing in a raised bed - how dense can I go?

I'm about to construct a 4ft wide x 16ft long raised bed, 6" height, for planting blueberries. The space where this bed is going has a chain link fence on the back and one end, although I can walk ...
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What are some reasons why a blueberry bush's leaves turn yellow?

I have two types of Southern Highbush blueberry bushes, Misty and O'Neal. This spring, I noticed that their leaves are yellowing as shown in the photos below: Misty: O'Neal: They are in 100% peat ...
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Blueberries in concrete block bed

I am getting ready to upgrade my aging and rotting wooden raised beds to ones made from 8x8x16 hollow concrete block (Concrete Masonry Units). As I understand it, the lime in the concrete can leach ...
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How do I plant blueberries?

I got some Blueberry bushes from my neighbors garden store, and was wondering how should I plant them?
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Should I transfer a growing potted blueberry bush to a bigger pot, or into the ground?

I have a blueberry bush in a smallish pot. It was given to us a couple of summers ago, and we put it in the only available pot we had at the time. This year, we've had a pretty good yield from it, ...
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Premature blueberries dropping buds

Blueberry flowers are dropping off. I raise mason bees so, I know pollination is not the cause, and Lane County Oregon has had an over abundance of rain. I am baffled. Last year I had a bumper crop. ...
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Jubilee blueberry's leaves are browning

I potted a Jubilee Blueberry plant 2 weeks ago. The leaves have started to brown this week. The same thing happened to my Spartan Blueberry plant. That one completely browned up and died. How do I ...
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Blueberry dying leaves, flowers

Hi I'm having major issues with my blueberry bushes. I had three in a large planter and they fruited last year just fine. The third one randomly dried up and died a couple of months ago, now one of ...
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Is it a good idea to plant blueberries in July in USDA hardiness zone 7b?

I'm wanting to plant a blueberry bush now so hopefully It'll be established by next spring. I don't know if it's good to plant them in July. I'm in zone 7 (Northern Mississippi). Does anyone know if ...
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Best flavoured blueberry varieties

Can anyone recommend blueberry varieties for flavor, and also which ones to avoid. I don't like the bland mushy ones that seem to be standard in supermarkets. Also how do I clone blueberry bushes?
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Should I pinch my blueberry bushes for the first year?

I know you're supposed to pinch strawberry plants for their first year. That way you have higher yields of strawberries the following years because the roots have been able to fully develop during ...
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Why is my Sunshine Blue blueberry bush flowering in the fall?

I live in the San Juan Islands in the US Pacific N.W. and planted my Sunshine Blue this spring in a container. It only had 10 or so berries which I understand is OK for a first year plant. It is ...
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Blueberry bush not looking very lively

I have been growing a blueberry bushes and am not sure that I am having much success. The plant doesn't appear to have done much since it was planted and just appears to be slowly loosing leaves and ...
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How many blueberries are produced per flower?

This seems like an easy answer to find on Google but I couldn't find it when I searched, so maybe somebody here knows.
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Is it normal for a blueberry plant to have reddish leaves?

Is it normal for blueberry bushes to have reddish colored leaves?
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How can I water blueberries without losing a flower?

Whenever I water my new blueberry bushes they seem to lose some flowers for some reason. How can I water them without losing the flowers?
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Can self-pollinating plants cross-pollinate?

I recently purchased a top hat blueberry shrub. According to the leaflet it came with, it is self-pollinating. Does this mean that it can self-pollinate, or that it only self-pollinates? Would getting ...
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Blueberry flowers turning black after pollination

As you can see in the picture the stem? parts of the flower is turning black after the flower dried up and fell off. They are also fall of easily when I touch them. My blueberry flowers are being ...
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Dying Blueberries - Burned Leaves

I bought 2 blueberries about 8 months ago and they summer in Cyprus was really long and they seem damaged. Both of them are planned with soil of 4.5 to 5.5ph and watered with normal tap water. They ...
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Should comfrey be a companion of blueberries?

I have access to a lot of free comfrey, and was wondering if it would be a bad idea to plant comfrey around the blueberry bushes to get them more nutrients easily.
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How to deal with a blueberry bush putting off unusually large-leaved branches

I have an issue with my 2nd year blueberry bush. I purchased this "Blue Jay" (I think) variety of blueberry bush two years ago and it has fruited satisfactorily both years. However, it's now sending ...
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Saving a blueberry bush that lost all leaves

Earlier this year I bought a small blueberry bush at a local garden store. Since it was written on the attached note that it can grow in a pot on the balcony without a problem, I bought bigger pot, ...
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Is this branch from the blueberry root stock?

So I have about 6 blueberry plants and last summer (which was very very dry, drought for about two months) there were woody plants coming up at the bases of about 4 of them. They're not the same ...
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What type of irrigation system works best with blueberries?

Several months ago I planted a row of blueberries in order to form an (edible) hedge. At the same time I installed an automatic watering system for these and the rest of my fruit trees and vegetable ...
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Can blueberry bushes survive in clay soil long term with the right help?

Last year I planted three 1-year-old blueberry bushes in my back yard in clay soil and I've added several inches of mulch and soil amendments, but have a feeling that they won't do well in clay soil ...
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Can fruiting plants detect that they are in an indoor environment?

I have a blueberry plant that's a few years old now, and when I left it outside it grew berries, but indoors it did not, despite nearly the same conditions. This got me wondering if my plant knew it ...
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How to add elemental sulfur to garden for blueberries

I have soil in my garden that the pH is 7.0 and need to lower the pH. If I add elemental sulfur to the soil (I already know the proper rate per square feet). Do I just apply the proper sulfur amount ...
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Fall planting of blueberries in Madison, Wisconsin?

I have three potted blueberry plants, about 2 feet tall, that I'd like to put in the ground. I've prepared a bed with reasonable soil acidity (we're in limestone clay here, so this was basically "...
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