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Blueberries have a rudimentary root system that doesn't have the finer root hairs found on most plants. They grow best in forest duff (lots of acidic, organic matter). The acidic nature of the soil causes bacteria and fungi to thrive that release minerals and ammonia that blueberry bushes thrive on and that their roots can readily absorb. In plant root ...


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That's weeds, it is some kind of grass. Seedlings of blueberries look more like this (first picture). You can pull the weeds out of there, they compete with nutrients available in the soil.


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Blueberries do have slightly varying tastes depending on the variety, but you seem to be suggesting you have several different varieties anyway. The other thing that happens, as they get very ripe, is the taste develops and changes slightly. I'd ask you to collect some of the others which are ripe, but perhaps not quite as ripe as the ones you've already ...


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Pine needles will not acidify your soil! They are slow to decompose, and even after they do, dead pine needles are pH neutral and thus have no effect on soil pH. It's amazing how many people, including gardening experts, believe this myth! (See Garden Myths-pine needles.) That being said, pine needle mulch is a great mulch for any plants, regardless of ...


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Unless you know you bought a specially grafted plant, blueberries grow on their own roots, which means the sucker problem doesn't happen. A sucker is a shoot that grows from below the graft point on a plant which has been grafted to a different rootstock; the sucker is a shoot from that rootstock, and therefore not desirable because it takes over from the ...


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I've never trellised my berries, personally. I've thought of doing it, but never quite get around to it. If you don't trellis blackberries and raspberries, they kind of sprawl all over and spread to make a thicket in whatever area you are willing to give them. It can make it more difficult (and painful) to pick, but isn't a problem otherwise. I just put on ...


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Amendments for blueberries in the fall. Goldfish pond water is probably good because the organic material in the water lowers the ph some. However blueberries like acidic soil. They grow under the canopies of great trees in the wild which keeps the soil pretty acidic. Blueberries also like lots of water. You want a very loose humus that will dump all the ...


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Since poorly maintained blueberry bushes can be pruned right to the ground, it's likely your plants will survive their animal pruning. You will need to tidy them up though, and protect them from animal damage in the future. The good thing is you are in the right month in the northern hemisphere to prune. www.fruit.cornell.edu/berry/production/pdfs/...


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No. It's not a great companion for anything as a growing plant because it grows rapidly and takes up a lot of nitrogen and minerals from the soil as it does. Precisely because it does that, though, Comfrey leaves have their uses; they're often used to make a sort of tea (or sludge, depending) to use as home made fertlizer, or as a 'green manure/mulch' ...


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One per flower, once the flower is fertilised the white part falls off. The back of the flower, the green part, then starts to swell if fertilised and that turns into your blueberry. I hand pollinate mine with an electric toothbrush for extra crop. If they dry up and drop off once the flower has finished they aren't pollinated. This is my bush that I have ...


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These are not blueberry stalks for sure. This is probably one of the Panicum plant like Common Millet. You may wait the first seeds to show up to be sure. It will not be long.


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It's possibly a potassium deficiency. Deficient plants sometimes have yellowing around the leaf edges. Potassium is important for fruit size (so I imagine it could be a factor in fruit development). Too much nitrogen can inhibit potassium. So, be careful about that. On the other hand, it could be a virus of some kind, but my guess is a nutrient imbalance. I ...


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I'm not entirely clear from your question whether you intend to use your own, home made compost in pots, or whether you're asking about adding something to commercially produced ericaceous potting compost, nor whether you're actually intending to use either of these for pot culture, so this answer may not be entirely appropriate, for it assumes you're making ...


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Blueberries are acid loving plants so depending on your soil ph you may need to amend the soil if it isnt acidic. If you dont know your soil pH then you should get a test kit and test the area where you are going to plant. If your soil pH is neutral to alkaline then you will need to apply sulfur or an amendment that would be used for acid loving plants to ...


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Standard recommendation for 50 years or more (I have old books) has been to line concrete beds that will be used for acid-loving plants. In days of yore that would have been tar/asphalt type material - these days EDPM rubber (also known as pond liner, also known as rubber roofing) is a somewhat friendlier approach with very long life.


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You can plant potted blueberry plants in July, but make sure the following conditions are met for best results: Shade. When you plant a new plant in summer, especially a shallow rooted plant like blueberry, provide a light shade on extremely hot, sunny days to prevent drying and sunburn on the new plants. This is only necessary during the first year when ...


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Blueberry plants don't always flower much the first year, and I usually leave them. However, like strawberry plants, blueberries are establishing a root system during the first year or so, and it is beneficial to remove flowers to divert the energy sources toward something that will benefit the plant. There are some cases where I've had to start pinching ...


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Somewhat acidic is not nearly acidic enough for blueberries to be happy, for a start - pH between 4 and 5 is the recommended range for them. Bamboo & J. Musser are probably onto something with the drainage, as well. I don't find blueberries particularly troublesome - they do like very acid soil, they are shallow-rooted, and they can be done in by over-...


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A couple things to check for, aside from the pH levels, would be the Nitrogen and the Nitrates. The Nitrogen content should be fairly high, and the Nitrate content low. It's possible that high nitrates could be causing the burn. Another thing to watch out for, is when you water, don't water the leaves of the plant, as it increases the likeliness of fungus ...


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Two suggestions: As it seems you are aware blueberries like acid soil, it may be a good idea to check the soil ph and make sure it's correct, the incorrect ph may be causing a nutrient deficiency. It could also be a fungus (which may result indirectly from the incorrect ph). I think the best place to start is by testing the soils ph. These may be useful to ...


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This isn't an answer to the question, but I couldn't leave the issue of aluminum toxicity unaddressed. A few months ago I called my local nursery to ask if they carried ammonium sulfate. He said "Oh, you want aluminum sulfate to acidify the soil for blueberries." I cringed in horror that this advice is being dispensed so regularly. Aluminum is not known ...


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If you are hand or sprinkler watering, place some empty tuna fish cans in the area. The resulting water standing in the tins will tell you how much you have given. For container plants, check to see that water is draining out 15 minutes later. Never let containers dry out. Small containers may need water every 1-2 days. Use 2" of fine mulch on the top of ...


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Blueberries have relatively shallow, small root systems. They like consistent moist soil. (They are bog plants) The spacing is dictated more by the tops than by the needed space. Broadly speaking they fall in three size categories: Low bush, high bush, and hybrids. Low bush tend to be under two feet high, with a similar spread. High bush top out ...


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Test the pH. Blueberries do best with a pH between 4.5 and 5.5. Blueberries are bog plants. They like a soil with lots of organic matter. They are not heavy feeders. More than just a trace of nitrogen will result is lots of lush green leaves, but not many berries. Blueberries are nominally self fertile, but will bear far more heavily if you have a ...


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I would use bark and not peat; in fact I do. Once peat become dry it is seems impossible to wet again and when it is dry it easily blows away. It may be that peat and sand will do the job but I've acquired a strong prejudice against the stuff. Fir bark is inexpensive and easily available here in western Washington, so I have no cost incentive to even think ...


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Reddening of the leaves of blueberry plants can be caused by a lack of phosphorus. Although coffee grounds contain phosphorus, they are also highly acidic. If your blueberry plant were already in acidic soil as it should have been, you could have made it even more acidic rendering phosphorus insoluble and unavailable to the roots. Nitrogen (N), Potassium ...


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Blueberry bushes need consistently moist soil. To avoid breaking the flowers, and to keep them healthy, they should be watered at the root level. According to this site about growing blueberries, the best choice is a soaker hose. Although I don't grow blueberries, I use soakers on various annuals, perennials and bushes, and absolutely love them! They're easy ...


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There is a significant difference between fruit trees like apples and bushes like blueberries Tree branches of young trees get trained in a certain shape and sometimes position, because the main branches will form the base structure of the tree for as long as it lives, pruning of adult trees mostly maintains that structure and keeps the tree productive. ...


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I have, by dint of an underground service that needed to be serviced which was under my blueberry bed, transplanted the entire bed some years after it was established (more than 2.) While they probably would have been happier left alone, they were minimally impacted for all that. I basically raked off the mulch, dug up each plant with as much root mass ...


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Luckily for you, blueberries are bog plants. They adore the low pH and they are one of the few plants that can deal with wet soil. They'd do better with some drainage as clay will hold onto water far longer than all other soils. Leave the plant and roots alone. Pull the soil back away from the wood stems. Dig a trench on the lower side of the slope to ...


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