Planting, Growing, Pruning, and Harvesting Blueberries
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They should be available at local garden centers—or there are a number of online retailers which may ship to you.
Hi, I planted 3 blueberry plants, one survived its first year pretty well. The other 2 the upper plant seemed to die, but i have growth coming from the roots. Is this still a live blueberry plant or is the root from some other type of plant? I have been letting them grow and they are getting bigger, however the leaves are definitely a different shape than the plant that lived.
Hi, Heather, If the leaf does not look like blueberry foliage, it doesn’t sound promising. You could let it grow for a while to confirm and/or bring the leaves to a local nursery and see if an expert there can identify it. As for the plants in general, we’ve found that improper soil, and in particular the soil’s pH, are often the problem. If you have not yet, you might want to do a soil test. Wishing you better luck next time!
Start with high-quality plants. This is the most important step in ensuring a successful crop of blueberries. Look for disease-resistant varieties that are well-suited to your climate zone.
I have small webbing on blue berry bush eats leAf then branch and kills it also on grant grey beard bush or smoke bush they cut top out of it
I received a nice looking plant today, Blueberry 'Pink Icing'. I am now wondering if I should wait until fall to set it in a place, or even a container to have it for next spring. I live in zone 5 western part of Nebraska.
I watched your video "how to plant blueberries" what get me lots of info. Thank you, but I would like to know how to plant them and get them ready here in Ottawa, Canada where the winters can be really cold. Do I need them to cover for winter and with what?
Please let me know as much info as you can to protect " my gift" (I've got them from my kids) and we even have some blueberries for our grand kids when the blueberries were still in original pots what they were both in. I never had experience how to take care of blueberries, but I'm writing you this because some people told me that here in Ottawa (cold winters) they will not survive and we would not have any blueberries next year.
Thanks for help and I'm still positive and optimistic that I can still next year let my grandkids pick up some blueberries, because we were enjoying their happiness when they pick them up and enjoyed eating them. Thank you again :)
Guidance on planting is above as follows
HOW TO PLANT BLUEBERRY BUSHES
- Tip: Be careful not to plant them too deeply. The rootball should be just below the surface (one-quarter to one-half inch).
- Dig holes about 20 inches deep and 18 inches wide (or about twice as wide and twice as deep as the roots of the plant).
- Space bushes 4–5 feet apart in a row, with at least 8 feet between rows. Prepare a planting mixture of 2 parts loam and one part oak leaf mold, peat moss, aged sawdust, or compost, and place a layer of this mixture in the bottom of the hole.
- Set the bush in the hole with the rootball just below the surface and its roots spread out. Pack the hole tightly with soil.
- Apply fertilizer one month after planting, not at the time of planting. Apply ½ ounce of a 10-10-10 fertilizer in a band around the plant 6 to 12 inches from the crown.
more from this page https://www.almanac.com/news/gardening/garden-journal/growing-blueberries-plant-all-seasons
Bare-root shrubs are best planted in the spring but container-grown ones can be planted at any time. Space them 4-6 feet apart and don’t plant them any deeper than they grew in the pot.
Grow at least two different varieties for better pollination and higher yield.
Blueberries should be fertilized sparingly in the spring, once the leaf buds begin to swell and again when the fruit starts to form.
from that page in the comments at the bottom (like this)
Soil is the key to success with any plant. Have yours tested and see what nutrients it lacks and what the pH is. Blueberries need acidic soil to grow and produce well. If the pH is too high the leaves will be yellow and the plants will struggle to grow. A site with full sun is best. They are very sensitive to drying out so they need plenty of water, especially in the early years. Mulching with wood chips or pine needles will help protect the roots and conserve moisture. It takes a few years for the plants to become established and begin to pump out the berries so after you have made any necessary soil corrections be patient. Eventually you should start to get the berries you are eagerly looking forward to!
If you think it’s too late to plant, and it might be, our friends at the Wisconsin coop extension (https://hort.extension.wisc.edu/articles/growing-blueberries-containers/) have this advice re overwintering potted blueberries:
How do I overwinter my blueberry plants? Because containers do not provide adequate insulation from the cold, be sure to protect container-grown blueberries during the winter to prevent root damage. In mid- to late October, bury containers in the ground at a site where snow is likely to accumulate and where plants will be protected from cold winter winds. Mulch the soil surface with four to eight inches of straw in mid-November or cover the bushes with burlap. Prevent rabbit damage by placing chicken wire fencing or hardware cloth around the bushes. During early to mid-spring, remove containers from the ground and place them in full sun. Alternatively, containers can be left buried in the soil as long as the containers have proper drainage holes and the site where the containers are buried is well drained and exposed to full sun.
Finally, from a master gardener in Toronto: https://www.torontomastergardeners.ca/askagardener/blue-berry-bushes/
Did I say “finally…”? One more https://globalnews.ca/news/1602975/over-wintering-your-perennials-in-pots-some-tips/
You will notice some redundancy amidst the info; the bottom line–we think–is to protect the plants in a garage or basement until spring. Please take the time to read and note the advice these sources offer. And good luck!