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I bought a blueberry plant in April. It is small but has flowers in it. The nursery suggested to keep that as it is and it will give fruit. But it neither growing tall nor the fruits coming. What to do?
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Kristine says...
Hi,
I believe the fuiting time is Aug to Dec so maybe it will bear fruit then. Check what soil it is in and maybe repot it. It might just need a good potting mix (if in a pot) or a good feeed with fertilizer.
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Merv says...
Blueberries will only grow successfully in acid soils. If still in a pot then plant out. Suggest you get a kit to test your soil and if necessary add flowers of sulphur to it to increase acidity.
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Kath says...
If you want to keep your blueberry in a pot, plant it into azalea mix as these are also acid lovers. Remove the flowers from your small bush, while ever it is flowering and trying to fruit it will put all its energy into this and it will not grow. At this time of the year blueberries are dropping their leaves and making buds for the new seasons growth.
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Di says...
According to the growers in my area, there is a wide range of different varieties, all with different fruiting times. In Victoria this ranges from late Oct. to early May. It is adviseable to remove the flowers for at least the first two years, this will allow the plant to establish a strong growing habit.
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Correy says...
Tamanna,

I also got a blueberry plant that I am growing in a pot. Because it is young I am getting flowers. I found that by pruning it a tiny bit and getting rid of these flowers I am getting some great new growth even though it is cold in Brisbane now. If you don't do this when they are young they will try and put lots of energy into the fruit rather then new growth.

You do actually need a few different varieties of blueberries just not one because they benifit from cross pollination. For example if you have say a Biloxi you should also get a sharpblue and/or gulfcoast and/or misty and/or sunshine blue and/or backyard blue.

Here is a list of all the blueberry varieties

I think they are a great one for the backyard considering how much woolworths charges for them.
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Tamanna says...
Thanks to everyone who responded to my query.
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Julie says...
Don't know if they will grow in the subtropics, but I bought a variety called Nelly Kelly which needs no pollinator. Grows very well in the Perth area. I got 500 grams of fruit from it the first year - didn't know I should have pruned off the flowers! It still put on a lot of growth.

It suddenly died in the 3rd year - maybe I overdid the acidity. I'll never know.
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Sue says...
I bought a NellyKelly bleberrie bush last year( Bout this time or a little bit later. It has nothing but blowmed since purching this. It has been in flower for the pst 6 weeks & has berries already formed & I grow it it a pot & add acid fertilizer to it once a year.) It has grow'n so well in 12 months i have been delighted.!!.

I also purchased 2 deciduous vatieties
the same year ( they have both died.) the Nelly Kelly is the best variety i can find. I will be purching more this season in which is soon. Pick them of your bush & then you know what a blueberry really TASTES LIKE.
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Leona says...
I have Misty, Sharpeblue and Nelly Kelly. They all fruit well in the Perth area where I live. Apparenly, you should remove all or most of the flowers in the first couple of years so that the bush grows strong but I am too impatient LOL
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Shaun says...
I bought a Sharpeblue and a Ned Kelly bush in January this year.
As I am a fly-in-fly-out worker in a mining town, I grow them in self-watering pots in Perth.
The potting mix that I used was simply builders sand, used tea leaves, some water crystals and some soil improver added to the mix.
I was told to water the plants with Yates Flowering/Fruiting fertiliser with a little squeeze of either lemon or orange juice added to it.
Surprise, surprise !!! I had already got almost 500g of blue berries from the bushes in the last 3 weeks !!
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Leona says...
wow, that is amazing Shaun! Here i am using the correct potting mix and everyting LOL. Although mine are fruiting well at the moment too ;-)
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Shaun says...
I think it is the lemon juice that did the trick :-).

Where did you buy your plants, Leona?
I got my Ned Kelly from Bunnings and my Sharpeblue from Dawsons.
I'd like to purchase a Misty if I know where they are available in Perth.
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Leona says...
Hi Shaun,
I got my nelly kellys from Lena Nurserys but they do also sell them at Waldecks. I got my Sharpeblue and Misty from Dawsons. They are in stock at the moment but you must be quick as they only get them in once a year, so I believe and they sell out straight away. If they have sold out already, you can put in an order and they will call you when they get them back in.
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JimmyH says...
Hi there, just purchase a couple of rabbit eyes and sharpblue,just i have read up on soil conditions and types. due to a small garden, and potting isnt really my preferred option, just wanted to know whether i can plant these plants next to my existing plants, i.e. Cherry Tree, Lemon Tree, and some mondo grass.
i also heard that peat moss is a good addition to soils, true?

cheers in advance.

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Shaun says...
Thanks Leona,
I went to Dawsons recently, and got my goodself a Misty plant.

I often wondered what "Rabbits Eye" and "High bush" blueberries meant.
Would someone like to comment on this, please.

Thanks .....
and Best Compliments of 2008 to everyone in the forum !!!
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Leona says...
Hi Shaun,
Good to hear you managed to get a Misty. I found a link with good info on rabbits eye and highbush (including misty and sharpeblue).
http://www.mountainblue.com.au/content/view/25/31/
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Shaun says...
I think Sharpe gives a better yeild than Ned Kelly ..... Perth could be just a little too warm for Ned Kelly's which is supposedly more suite to the Adelaide/SA climate.
A few of the people in Perth that I know also reported poorer yeild with Ned Kelly.
I could be wrong, so comments from others would be welcome.
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Leona says...
All my bushes are still small so I dont get huge yeilds from any of them yet but both my Nellie Kelly and Sharpeblues give more fruit than my Mistys, so far. The Sharpeblue and Mistys grow to around two metres and the Nellie Kelly only to around one metre, so I presume that both former will bear more fruit eventually.
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San says...
Does anyone know what variety exactly is the Ned Kelly ?
Is that just a brand name use for marketing purposes, or is the Ned Kelly a distinct variety?
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Leona says...
Hi San, they arent Ned Kellys they are Nellie Kellys :-) They are from Nellie Kelly Nurseries.
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San says...
Oh, OK, thnx fer the info (blushed) ;-)
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Anonymous says...
what are the soil requirements if planting blueberries in the ground?
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aNON says...
Lotsa organic matter eg peat that makes it mositure holding and slighty acid eg azalea reqriments.
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Douglas says...
Does anyone know anywhere else to get blueberries from ?
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Kath says...
I think Waldecks in Kingsley have them and try Bunnings
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Anonymous says...
If your in Moore River, Waldecks on Vine have them as well, plus TASS 1 down the road.
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manda says...
Wandilla has some - but are about $20 each. They appear only to be the Nellie Kelly variety.
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Leona says...
Dawsons stock Misty and Sharpeblue.
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Deb says...
A few questions: 1) Has anyone in Perth tried growing blueberries in hanging baskets as Josh Byrne had on tv? 2) Do you need more than one for fruit or is it just preferable (trying to make food garden in an area about a quarter of what Josh appears to have!) 3) I would also love to know when during the year they are available in the nurseries, taking into account I havent actually gone and looked yet! I was motivated by last night's show and my continuing desire for fresh blueberries! :) Thanks
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Deb says...
Shaun, your blueberry plants must be about 16 months old now. Do you recall how much fruit you eventually got from them (now that the season is over) and how many plants do you have? Cheers
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Shaun says...
Hi Deb,
I got 2 plants initially : Sharpe Blue and Nellie Kelly. These 2 are suppose to be self-pollinating or self-fertile plants (meaning you can plant 1 or a few of the same variety and still get fruits).
Well, it is said that the yeild is much better if you got different varieties growing in close proximities.

I got about equal number of berries from each of the varieties, but berries from Sharpe Blue were much larger, and this bush is larger too.
On average, I got about 2 punnets full from each plant over a 4-5 weeks period.

Recently, I also bought a new variety, Misty.
Hope this helps you.

p/s: Some experienced gardeners said I should have used quality potting mix instead of builders sand to grow my blueberries.

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Leona says...
Shaun,
I have those three varieties also (I think that is all that is available in Perth unfortunately). I found that the Misty is not as hardy as the other two and does not give as much fruit and the plants tend to be more leggy. I think the Sharpeblue is the best variety. I use Camellia and Azaelea Potting Mix for mine as it has the correct (low) PH for blueberries - I keep them in pots.
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Shaun says...
Leona,
You got quite a lot of berries too from yor plants, from what i could gather from yer posts above.
It might give Deb a broader perspective if you wouldn't mind disclosing your yeild of the blueberries.
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Leona says...
Shaun,
To be honest, I have no idea what the yield was as the kids and I just randomly pick them and eat them straight from the plant lol.
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Shaun says...
LOL .....
well, an approximate then ....
a handful? 2-4 handfuls of berries???
Cheers !!!
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Deb says...
Thanks Shaun! That does help. I think I will have to start with one, but may buy one for a neighbour as a gift so that there is another close by. I think most people were mentioning they are available at Waldecks and also Dawsons so will try them both and see what they have available and when. Cant do much in my garden at the moment :( it's tiny and builders next door have taken down fence etc .... so planning for spring mostly! :) Cheers
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Anonymous says...
TASS 1? down the road.
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Leona says...
Shaun, ummm...probably approx. 2 handfuls from the Sharpe and about a handful each from the Nellies - my plants arent very big at all yet.
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Rachael says...
Anyone know where to get the Nellie Kelly's in Brisbane? I've looked and looked but I just can't find any.
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g.bhorla says...
i grow blueberries commercially u need to grow em on mounds with dripline the best website to learn how to grow blueberries are www.mountainblue.com.au but even commercial growers dont know the secret one season could be great and the next season pretty ordinary

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Anonymous says...
TASS 1, 1072 Great Northern HWY, SwanVally WA.
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John says...
yeah, Joe rocks.
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Shaun says...
Yep .... Joe @ tass-1-tree really rocks !!
he's a good bloke !
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Shaun says...
I read in the West newspaper last Friday that Nellie Kelly blueberry plants are actually Sunshine Blue variety marketed under the Nellie Kelly own brand !!!
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Geoff says...
I had a Nellie Kelly. They are probabally a good all rounder once the company get's itself sorted out and they start distributing decent plants.
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Geoff says...
Bunnings tried them a couple of times but as they plants supplied to them were rubbish one year, they sent them all back and had a huge falling out with nellie kelly.So I guess you wont ever see them there again. I saw some at the nursery just up exit 30. Forget its name.
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john says...
You should see the blueberrys joe has at tass 1, hes got 3 in a half wine barrel and he says he gets just under 2kg of fruit.. Its in flower at the moment and looks great. Its the nelly kelly variety and he`s got some comming in 3-4 weeks.. i`m going back for some and his barrels are cheap..
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KV says...
Bunnings still stock nellie kellys range as theres a bucketload of their stock at my store at the moment. We always recieve allocations of their passionfruit stock (as they started their business in pashy's) and had the blueberries stock in last year. Geoff, i suggest your horticulturalist at the bunnings store you go to is just a lazy prick and doesnt want to order them in. Id ask a different person or go to a different store to chase them up as every Bunnings store nationally has access to order nelliekelly products.

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JoelP says...
Does anyone know where I can pick up some blueberry plants in sydney, and what varieties grow well here? Unfortunately nothing at bunnings as of today.
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Geoff says...
I saw the plants and they were garbage. No way would I have bought them. Dont blame them sending them back. The grower was very unpleasant when i made polite enquiries as to where I could get some. They were the ones that told me they did not supply to Bunnings anymore. They had pure hate for Bunnings in my opinion by the words they used. Dont blame them.
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Ellen says...
JoelP

at Power Flower stores, you can always find some blue berry plants .

I've picked up this one 2 months ago, at the the it was just budding and the plant was bare naked except for those fews buds. Now it flowerings and fruiting, looks awesome .

I know I just went last Wednesday to Bunnings as they were advertised they had some blue berry plants in, I've went to 2 Bunnings stores (in Bella Vista Waters, and in Villawood) and still come up empty handed .

I've no idea what variety they have, and it doesn't say on the plant's tag .
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Alan says...
Hi All,

I bought a Nellie Kelly early this year and grow it in apot using Azalea mix. I read that you shouldn't let your blueberry plant fruit for the first couple of years. Mine has got quite a lots of fruits this first year. Anyway, I was curious as to how my plant will trun out and let 20 of so fruits grow while I cleared away the rest. Now that the fruits had rippened, I found them pretty sour :( Does anyone have this problem? How can I improve the fruit quality? Will cross pollination from another variety help?

Thanks!
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Ellen says...
I was in a hurry to pick my riped blueberry as soon as it turned reddish black and found it sour as well, however I've learned that if you let it riped longer as in 2-3 days longer on the bush, it will turn sweet, like the one you bought at the shop .

Cheers
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Russ says...
Blueberry's in stock at Tass 1 trees!!!
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John says...
what kind?
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Julie says...
Alan, I've heard that blueberries need plenty of potash, which contributes to fruit sweetness.

Don't try and use wood ashes though, as they are too alkaline. Sulphate of potash should help.
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Alan says...
Hi Julie, thanks for the tips, will give it a go. Any idea when is the best time to add potash? When they are flowering?
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Julie says...
Alan, fertilise in late winter to early spring - I think that's about flowering time anyway. May be too late now, but won't do any harm.
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Julie says...
Alan, I've just remembered - a lady at my local nursery said to give them a small amount of potash every month or so. I'm not growing blueberries at present, so I had forgotten about this.
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john says...
you guys go and see joe at tass 1 trees checkout his blueberrys and ask him.. hes got some ready and quite tasty to..and try his barbados cherry its fruiting at the moment..hes got pitomba and peanut butter tree in flower.. i don`t know how he does it..
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John says...
Floraland in Gt Eastern Hwy, Mundaring is advertising bluberries and other berries in stock.!
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Shaun says...
Where did you see Floraland's advertisement, John?
What other berries has it got / advertised?
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John says...
Big ass sign on the verge outside the shop.

Did not go inside to look.

Your berries were dug 26 dec and will be ready ina couple of weeks when they settle dowmn.

1 x chilliwack 3 x heritage.
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Shaun says...
Thanks for your response, John.

I called you on the weekend, but was told you'd been away on holidays.
I am certainly keen to have 1 x Chilliwack and perhaps 2 x Heritage.

I also rang Floraland regarding their berry plants. Thy have:
1) Blueberry (2 types of Rabbiteye varieties for cross pollination, and 1 Highbush variety
2) Raspberry (Autumn Bliss + 2 other types of summer-bearing varieties)
3) Blackberry
4) Boysenberry

Cost of approx $35.00 per pot for Blueberry (very pricey),
....and a lot less expensive for "other berries" (approx 10/=)
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Julie says...
$35 IS pricey! Last time I bought blueberries, probably from Dawsons, they were around $12. They would be more now, but not that much.
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Shaun says...
Well, they said "blueberries" in "big" pot with "big grown plants" .... in a 200mm pot, I s'pose.
Well, Dawsons also have such big plants now, but it is retailing at approx 50/= !!!
Much more expensive than Floraland.
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John says...
TASS 1 has 60 bucks monster plants for sale plus the keriberry.
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Russ says...
I went to floraland on sunday. Blueberry variety is Brightwell. They didn't seem to have any other varieties. A significant number were burnt due to overhead watering. Although in larger pots than those Tass1 has for $15 the plants were not significantly bigger. Steve (floraland) also advised not transplanting for a month or so. All in all would say not value for money, but i got one anyway.

The raspberry varieties were autumn bliss, stanford & tulameen. $22 each (1 cane). All raspberrys looked healthy as did the thornless blackberry and bosenberry (also $22).
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Russ says...
sorry, the second variety of raspbery is sanford, not stanford.
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Henry says...
Could somebody provide a picture or two or details of height & width of an established blueberry bush, please. I just need to know as I have a spot in my backyard and am not sure if the space is sufficient. Moreover, are the flowers fragrant?
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Shaun says...
I was in Tamworth NSW last week.
Went to visit the loacl plant nursery in town at Philip Street ....
they got plenty of Blueberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, Youngberry & Boysenbery.

Blueberry varieties were: Biloxi, Sharpe blue and 1 other variety

Raspberry varieties include, Autumn Bliss,Chilcotin, Chilliwack

Price of Blueberries are approx $16/= for plants approx 50cm tall x 40 com wide,......
and Raspberries are priced at approx $12/= .....
wish i could bring them into WA :-(
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Matt says...
Purchased a southern highbush biloxi from Swanes Nursery in Dural for around $20 on the weekend. Had a fair few in stock, Nellie Kellies also.
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denise says...
Several times I tried to grow blueberries here in Auckland but they didnt grow until I had mixed 50 litres of peat into the site.I put in two different plants as they were recommended for pollenation purposes.For 5 years the crop was OK but after one died the other had greater crops and all on its own, about 1+1/2 liters per year. I dont know what the names were.
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Cheryl says...
I bought a couple of blueberries today from the garden centre on Wallgrove Road at Horsely Park. They were on half price special, normally $16 per plant.
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Craig says...
I am having great success with my 8 blueberry bushes: 4 Nellie kelly, 3 Misty and 1 Sharpblue. I am growing them in self watering pots for the most part. I'm looking to get as many different varieties as i can. Anyone know of any other types available anywhere in the Perth region? Am also looking for thornless blackberry - is Floraland the best place to go?

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russ says...
Apart from @ floraland i haven't seen anything but nellie kelly available. Let me know if you find any.
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Shaun says...
Sharpe Blue and Misty are normally available from Dawsons Nursery, when they are in season.
Most other nurseries normally only carry Nellie Kellie (aka Sunshine Blue).
Flora has 1 or 2 different varieties of the 'Rabbit Eye' blueberry bush.
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Itdepends says...
Try online e.g. Diggers has quite a few varities available. I've already got my order in- just waiting for shipment now :)

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Kath says...
Daniel, unless things have changed, Daley's can't send Blueberries to WA
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aneh says...
hi just wondering if anyone has had any luck propagating blueberry cuttings?
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Not for home gardeners .... I have not heard from anyone who had done that successfully in Perth .....
However, the following people had success with Blueberry cuttings:
1) the previous owner of a nursery in Bunbury (WA).
2) The people at the Blueberry Farm near Margaret River (WA).
3) The people at the Blueberry farm near Collie / Cardiff (WA)
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Saxman says...
Hi some of my Blueberrys are flowering but i'm a bit worried as it seems many flowers are falling off without growing a fruit beneath. Things have been fine in the past, so i'm not sure what i can do. Ideas anyone?
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Itdepends says...
It's pretty early for them to be flowering- the cold/warm snaps at the end of Autumn seem to have prompted quite a few trees into flowering early. I've had plums, blueberries and raspberries flowering. Nothing came from the plums, got some raspberries and the blueberries appear to be forming fruit ok. I wouldn't worry too much- they should flower again in spring.

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Saxman says...
Ok cool thanks for that Daniel! Also, do you think i should prune back the branches that flower but don't fruit?
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Shaun says...
Yeah, me blueberry plants were doing rather well for 2 seasons, and suddenly in the last few weeks, they all seems to drop their leaves .....
is it itme for them to go into hibernation? .... or should I prune them at this time of the year (I have not done any pruning since I first got them).
All advice & comments appreciated.
Thanks.
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Ellen says...
Hi Shaun,

I've got mine, the one in the picture above (up)just July 08, over the summer it gave me alot of fruits, but now all the leaves are changing color to reddish/gold, I would say don't worry, just give it a good watering every 2-3 day or so just so the soil doesn't get dried out . Even though it goes dormant doesn't mean that it's dying, it is just resting, the root system still need to be kept moists so it can keep the plant alive. Don't prune it just yet, do so only toward the end of the winter season. B/c if you are pruning it now you will be hurting it, this might cause it to die back some more .

I also got 2 of Misty variety -even though the leaves are changing into rustic red color, it is also in blooming with flower buds and setting fruits right now as well (funny)
As for my Backyard Blue and my Sharp Blue varieties, these trees are forming buddings right now as well .

Currently all of my Blueberries trees are in pots. (For easy relocation)as I find out that it doesn't take so kindly to the summer heat of 32 degree or above in temperature .
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Kath says...
Hi there, just wondering if any other people from WA have bought blueberries from Diggers-for some reason they can send them to WA but Daleys can't.Any feedback re service/quality would be great. Thanks
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Manda says...
Hi Kath,
I have ordered some blueberries from Diggers... still yet to get this yrs order.

I got a few things last year and they travelled well.... the stock i got last yr were all tube stock. I will give feedback about the blueberries when i get them
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amanda says...
Hi Kath - I have ordered a few things too but not blueberries. I have had a goji, dragon fruit, capulin cherry and tamarillo - the first 3 great but the tamarillo suffered badly - it never recovered (it's a fleshy type of plant tho' so I suppose that was the factor)
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Manda says...
Hi Kath,

THe blueberry i ordered from Diggers arrived this week... It travelled well... It has minimal leaves on, but lots of pink buds and it is suprisingly tall (bot 25 cm tall) given that it is in a small tubestock pot... So i was happy with it.
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Kath says...
thanks for that-now have plants coming from Daleys & Diggers-like Christmas!(except you have to buy your own present!)
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Shaun says...
Hi Manda,
What varieties of Blueberries did you buy from Diggers this time?
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Jimmy says...
I got a reville last year and they were right, its the best tatsing !
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Saxman says...
Rats! They're out of stock now of the Revielle at Digger's. I ordered some others though. You gotta get in quick hey?

My Sharpe Blue has some darkening/blackening leaves yet is fruiting somewhat even though there is not a lot of new growth- looks like it can't make up its mind what season its in! I may take some pictures and put them up.
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Jimmy says...
Saxy

Tis normal for this time of year, they go semi dormant in the cool weather.

I spray em with any left over Kocide, and this keeps the leaves sweet as a nut.

Its left over from my after pruning sparys I do in the orchard this time of year.
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Itdepends says...
tis funny- I watched when diggers canes/blueberries were due to be available- and they came up as available for ordering a day earlier than posted on the site- put my order in straight away. Maybe I'm paranoid- but I didn't want to miss out this time.

I'm glad the revielle tastes good- I got two of those :)

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Jimmy says...
Thats the way, it puts you at the front of the que.
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Lisa says...
Daniel, I also did the same. I write down in my diary when the plant is available and ordered it that day so not to miss out. I got my order too last week and you would have thought it was Christmas at our house last week :)

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Saxman says...
Hi Folks, just gotta say this but Man I love blueberry growing, and reading all these posts. I think I'm obsessed. A pretty healthy obsession, but!

I'm hoping that Perth's climate will allow the new plants i just ordered from Diggers to flower and set fruit ok. These are Blue Rose, Brigetta, Northland and Denise. I just found out (belatedly) that they are generally better suited to the cooler climes. Here's hoping however...
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Saxman says...
Hi Jimmy, Shaun, just wondering have you any idea how well Blue Rose, Brigetta, Northland and Denise do in the warmer regions such as Perth? I did read somewhere they may need more cold days than some other varieties to fruit well.

Cheers
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Shaun says...
Blueberries are generally temperate to cool climate plants. From selective breeding, some 'low chill' varieties had been bred in recent times.
In Perth, the 'low chill' varieties that generally will do well are Sharpblue, Misty and Sunshine Blue (aka Nellie Kelly brand bluberry).

I know of someone in Bunbury who has Denise, and it seem to be doing rather well there.

In Margaret, I have seen Blue Rose and Northland planted in pots and were fruiting.

I have no info on Brigetta, sorry :-(
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Saxman says...
Cheers for that Shaun, I won't get them for another 4 weeks and then we shall see! (I'm right into this berry growing now.)

Any notion on how high a fence trellis would have to be for loganberries, boysenberries and blackberries? I just got some bare rooted canes from floraland...
Don't suppose i should expect berries in the first season?

Thanks,
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Itdepends says...
6-8ft high for the berries- as tall as you can reach and work the canes. Dunno about loganberries etc. RE fruiting first year- the everbearing raspberries do though.

Make sure you surround the patch with some sort of deep root barrier or you'll have the stuff coming up everywhere.

Cheers,

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Liz says...
Hi all... Dawsons (in Forrestfield) still had quite a few (definitely some Sharpe Blue, possibly also Misty and Nelly Kelly?) when I was last there in late April. (...surprised me, since they sold out almost instantly in Oct/Nov 2007, and I was on their pre-order list for Oct/Nov 2008.)
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Jason says...
Thats where I got my 2 from. Only stopped in for a browse and a Coffee.

Kinda expensive at around $19 each but i'm sure theres plenty of blueberries to come.
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Saxman says...
Thanks Daniel - I was told that at least in the case of the thornless blackberry it doesn't sucker, but yeah thanks for the warning ...it may be prudent to take root barrier precautions anyway!

If it does get away it'll be blackberry liqueur all round lol

Cheers!
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russ says...
I have a britwell variety that i got from floraland (as mentioned above). Is this variety prone to losing its leaves or am i doing something wrong? They all turned red and approx 50% have now dropped off. They are next to my Nellie Kelly's which are going fine (apart from trying to flower).
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russ says...
Also, not having much luck with the boysenberry. At one point i thought it was a lost as all leaves went brown, but new groth managed to survive and it has come back a bit. Not really grown though since i got it. Any tips would be good.
It was previously against a NE facing wall where it was getting all day sun, although i have just moved it to the south west so that it only get late evening indirect light. Is this the way to go in the perth climate?
Also what PH should i be aiming at with the soil?
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Julie says...
When I grew boysenberries some years ago I gave them morning sun only, which seemed to suit them.

The big problem was they ripened just at the time of year we get those hot easterly winds,which they didn't like.They never had a chance to get really ripe and sweet, as they shrivelled up. I don't grow them any more.

If you could give them some protection from the wind it might help. Good luck!
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amanda says...
Why is it that we haven't given the WA summer easterly a proper name yet? It's notorious enuf' to deserve a more interesting name!? There is, after all, the sirocco, el nino .. etc etc.
(I call it the Beasterly myself..but not very imaginative)
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Julie says...
'The Beasterly'. I like it! Any other ideas folks?
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Maybe 'The Beasterly' has an indigenous name? There are many different dialects tho'.
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michael says...
Hey all read this forum though a while back and just thought I'd get back to let you all know that I just got some fantastic berry bushes from garden express. 16 to 18AU they look super fit. Brigatta and Northland. I also got a Nellie Kelly form Mitre 10 after hearing how great you all think they are.

Well thanks for all your advise guys, Peace Michael.
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Ellen says...
Michael,

At Power Flower in Bass Hill they got blueberry-Delight & Tifblue varieties

only $ 15, it's my arm length in height . Blooming in flowers and flower buds .

If I didn't already have 6 in my collection already, I'd get 1 or 2 more .
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Itdepends says...
Russ the leaves turning red and falling of is normal- many blueberries are either partiall or fully deciduous- so they should drop leaves over winter.

With our hot climate try (Perth area I'm talking) try and find a sheltered patch- morning sun and filtered/shaded afternoon sun would be ideal. I had two blueberries (Misty blue) in half wine barrels, same potting mix in both.

The one that was shelted with an apricot tree on the east side and a small orange on the west went bannanas (or should that be blueberries?) the other was only shelted on the west side and didn't do as well (transplanted to the fernery).

Cane fruits I'm only growing raspberries- but you need lots of moist rich soil for good plants. Have a look at where the blackberries grow best down south- in the moist valleys, soaks etc.

I've got my raspberries with a fence on the west and northern side- in an area of my garden that used to have moss growing on the lawn in winter. Lots of manure, mulch plus clay added- and they're loving it.

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Jason says...
Thanks Daniel, Some good info there
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wendy says...
Have you repoted it into a slightly larger pot with acidic potting mix (azalea) that is what I have done and they seem to be growing bigger and healthier. I give them seaweed every 2 to 4 weeks as well as liquid potash.
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Saxman says...
Hi all, I read in some web site today that blackberry, boysenberry, loganberry - canes can be grown in large pots like blueberries! Anyone have any experience with this? because it would be my preference if its at all workable. Then if they're not doing so well with the beasterlies it'll be a breeze to shift ha ha. But seriously folks... ???
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Itdepends. Thanks for confirming the blueberry is deciduous.

Saxman, all by can fruit are in large pots. Some are going well, others are not but i believe this is due to the conditions and positioning rather than being in a pot.
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Saxman says...
Cheers Russ, I'm going to give that a go then and get a bigarsed trellis or two happening. And well see what goes : )

Hey anyone got a really good blueberry pie recipe? I just did one with some frozen berries from last season i still had in the freezer (a miracle find) but the pastry was a bit dud. Like a few others who have posted I've got a lot of fruit on my blueberries right now even though its winter. New growth is finally beginning though, which is pleasing!
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Jason says...
Checked on the blueberries today, they are coming along nicely. Not sure how long they take to ripen, anyone know?
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michael says...
Hey Ellen thanks for that I only just got it and fear they will be gone but might check out my local flower power at warriwood.
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Saxman says...
Jason last year mine started ripening mid october from memory. I have a couple of ripe ones now but these seem to be a bit of an anomaly. The whole fruiting thing seems to be earlier than normal this year.
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amanda says...
I think I am going to get rasberried for this but...
1) why do we expect our plants to fruit within 1 or 2 yrs? It's unrealistic.
(but prob'ly symptom of 'modern life' ie: no patience!?)

2) Mother Nature (or whomever) does not keep our "human" timetable.

3) If something is not "performing" to our "expectations" - why do we feel the need to throw mega quantities of fertilisers at it?

I am really curious as to what others think/feel? Humans have been gardening for 1000's of years - without chemical "fix-it's"... and we still cannot match their production.....??
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Shaun says...
My Blueberry plants had done well previously.
This year, the eratic weather had thrown them 'out of the season' ..... flowered at the wrong time, dropped leaves at the wrong time, and now shooting away at the wrong time ....
Perhaps I should invest in a glass-house ??
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As blueberries require chill- a glass house would make it worse
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Manda says...
Hi Shaun,

Sorry about the very late response.... I got Northland Blueberry from diggers.... don't really know anything about it, but thought i would give it a go as the description made it some awesome!!! It would appear it is decidous, but has buds on it.
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JUJUBE FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE says...
I bought a 5 years old bluerose blueberry (very bushy plant) for $35 at Wantirna market (Melbourne) last week. Originally it was 1.2 meters tall but was pruned back.

If you are interested you may get some from this market tomorrow (Sunday).

If you are in Melbourne and serious about growing blueberry, in stead of making your own soil using expensive peat from Bunnings 5 litres for $5 you could get 220 litre of the same peat for $44 (whole sale open to public) in citygarden plastic shop in monbulk.

www.citygardenplastic.com

In stead of buying 5 bags of Azaria mix for $40 using this money to buy peat and mix with your own soil you could make 20 bags at least and also helping smaller and friendly retail too.
They sale most of garden products.
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Saxman says...
My new Blueberries finally just came in from Diggers interstate. Very sorry looking from their travel ordeal and quarrantine I suspect. They're basically nothing but sticks! I'm hoping they'll survive. One only has three leaves. Anyone know if these baby plants should be fertilized with Azalea food to help them along?
or would that be counter productive to stressed little berry plants?

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Jason says...
My two have lost almost every leaf. Covered in growing berries however.

Nothing too much to worry about.

Do they need repotting if they came via post in small pots?
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Jimmy says...
I reckon, half wine barrels r good.
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Saxman says...
Yeah thats my next job, but don't think i can afford half wine barrels, though that'd be superb!

Hoping these 4 little seedlings will live... some have show signs of budding so i may get lucky. Soon as i get some good photos done i want to post them up.

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Liz says...
Hi Saxman,

...try Garden City Plastics http://www.gardencityplastics.com/advanced.htm) in Canning Vale - I got 6 x 580mm UV-resistant pots from them last year for ~$35 each for my blueberries - way cheaper than anything else I could find of the same size/quality.

One of my blueberries has been mostly sticks all winter, but it is shooting again now, too... :-)

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brad says...
Hi Liz,

that sounds interesting. is that a mail-order place or can you walk in and shop for home gardener (small) quantities?

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john says...
Tass 1 trees said he was getting heaps of advanced blueberrys in barerooted in the next week.. So i might give them a go, they will fruit in the first year..2-3 ft high for $15 not bad. he was going to pot them up fast before they shoot..
Can`t wait..
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John,
Do you know what varieties that Joe is getting?
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Shaun says...
My blueberry plants that got scortched by the summer heat and looked sick all Autumn must have got the wake up call from the cold wet winter ....
they are putting out new shoots, they even flowered, and some have got small fruits forming after the flowers dropped.
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brad says...
I just phoned Tass 1. He said he's got large tubestock (20-30cm plants) of brigitta and northland varieties for $20 at the moment. I'll check them out on the weekend if I find the time.

He also said he's got Qld Blue (Nelly Kelly) coming in 6-8 weeks, but nothing else he told me about
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Hi Liz Thanks for that, i'll check it out.


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Trudy says...
Hi, Please could you advise which of your BlueBerry plants is the best suited to Perth, has the largest berry. Sharpe, NellyKelly or Misty.
I was told TASS 1 have Bridgetta and Southland for sale in 3/4 weeks.
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Jantina says...
Peat moss will increase acidity in the soil well. I have used it to acidify aquarium water( for species like neon tetras.) I like the idea of using lemons to acidify as well as we all normally have a surplus of these. From Geoff- Jantina's husband.
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Peat moss will increase acidity in the soil well. I have used it to acidify aquarium water( for species like neon tetras.) I like the idea of using lemons to acidify as well as we all normally have a surplus of these.From Geoff, Jantina's husband.
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michael says...
My god your kids got a massive crown chakra/halo you might have a gifted one there, you should be well proud!
My blueberries are bangin out heaps of flowers so they may not veg much but I feel kind of cruel pinching em off!
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Trudy says...
I was told by Bunnings that they may source their BlueBerry plants from a W.A. Grower and are visiting the grower within 2 weeks.
Dawsons & Waldeck will not be getting their NellyKelly blueberry plants until Nov./Dec. Dawsons price will be $16/17.
Beaufort Nursery, Inglewood should have Blueberry plants late Oct. for $16
Floraland has a few Rabbiteye plants for $35 (large plants).
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Trudy says...
Hi, My sisterinlaw has grown NellyKelly blueberries for 2 years in Perth, so I shopped around in WA but no blueberry plants were for sale.
I do have a Macadamian tree (which has buckets of nuts) but this year the black cockies stripped the entire tree while we were away), a Grapefruit, Olive, Fuji, Persimmon and a Pomegranite tree. Also Passionfruit vine. The Grapefruit trees were brought from Bunnings as Lime trees.
Our soil is loam with a layer of clay 2ft under (Not sandy)
I have been checking out varieties of Blueberry and think the NellyKelly and Sharpe seem OK, plus I already have several medium pots I can use.
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Itdepends says...
Personally I find Misty blue better (more prolific) than Sharpeblue.

Bit early in the season for blueberry plants- they should be available closer to Xmas as noted above.
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Shaun says...
Generally, you get more and larger fruits if you got more than one variety of blueberry plants growing close to one another for cross pollination.
So, don't plant all NellyKelly or all SharpBlue ..... plant both (or more) varieties and you'll get better fruit results.
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Trudy says...
Hi, I have taken your advice and am buying different varieties.
I have ordered 2 BlueRose Blueberry plants from EBAY FOR $16 total including post.(CULTURED in a lab in Bango N.S.W.)-(10 week wait) Has anyone tried this variety in WA.or brought cultured plants?
Thank you for your advice.
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Jimmy says...
I hope your not in WA bayswater, Blueberies are illegal to import due to the bluberry rust found in NSW>
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Kath says...
I am in W.A & bought four different varieties from Diggers-they are allowed to be sent over to us if they pass quarantine apparentally.
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Jimmy says...
Diggers are in victoria, that state does not have blueberry rust. Thus they are OK to come in.

NSW is the centre of the outbreak.
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Trudy says...

I am in WA but thought the following "free of any desease/pests" would be allowed through Quarantine.
EBAY DESCRIPTION
"Blueberry Plants This listing is for 2 High Bush Blueberry Plants variety Blue Rose grown from tissue culture in our lab.
The benefits of tissue culture is that large quantities of plants can be grown in a sterile enviroment so the plants you get are FREE of any disease or pest that you may find in field grown plants."

I was told "Quarantine Dept." that Blueberries from Victoria need Certificates 17B (Grape Phylloxera) and 45B (Potato Cyst nematode) but will recheck for N.S.W.
Thank you for the information.

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Saxman says...
I got a blue rose plant from Diggers about 6 weeks ago about ($14) plus northland, denise, and brigetta

Tass1 one also have lots of Northland now as well as brigetta. Larger and small plants.

All my varieties (7) are now either fruiting well (i picked a punnet today from my mature plants) or sending up new growth. One i have yet to obtain is the standard rabbiteye i keep hearing about.

By the way, its great to hear we are increasingly conscious of avoiding the spread of plant diseases. Well done people.

Regards : )

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Brad says...
Hi Saxman, (or anyone else)

are your blueberries near the coast or river in Perth? I'm intending on buying two blueberries for pots, but I'm in Como so wary of not getting the chill hours needed for some varieties.

I got out to Tass1 and he wasn't sure how well his Northland and Brigitta ($15 small - but he has LOTS) would go here compared to the Swan valley or hills. So my current thinking is to wait until Sharpe and Nelly Kellys are available around November as I get the feeling they'll do quite well here.

Your advice?

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Shaun says...
Hi Brad,
I am near Ascot and not far from the Swan River.
My Sharpe, Misty and Nelly Kelly blueberry plants are doing pretty well for the past years.
Last season, I got 1 unknown variety from Margaret River (that is suppose to need high chilling) and it is doing OK this season too.
It is better to have a few different varieties for cross pollination, so that you get better yield of the fruits.
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Saxman says...
Agreed Shaun - I have the same: My 7 mature plants are Nellie Kelly, Sharpe and Misty which are fruiting prolifically. Brad, I'm in Canning Vale (not near a river). My other plants (mostly immature) are Northland, Brigetta, Denise and Blue rose. They were just sticks (some had zero leaves!) at first and i was a bit concerned when i got them but they have now developed some good healthy looking growth. Amazing how fast things happen when you get busy with life!!! i remain confident they will all fruit well eventually, though my little plants will be a year or two off. Even though they're so young i just noticed the beginnings of some flowers on some of these plants which i will pick off soon! So i'm not that worried about the low chill thing. Its worth the risk anyway i reckon at about $15. Better odds than a lotto ticket!!! And I'm sure my berries are bigger this year than last, which supports Shaun's comment about having more varieties!
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Brad says...
thanks guys. useful experience. I've only got a rear courtyard and small front yard to work with, so I'm limited in how many plants I can grow.

Maybe I'll pot up on of Tass1's varieties and the 2 I mentioned before and keep the 2 that taste best :)
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Trudy says...
Hi, Could anyone advise the size of the Sharpe, Misty, Northland and Brigetta when full grown.
I have paid and ordered 4 blueRose which grow to 3ft (Cost approximately $5 ea) and want a similar size plant (NOT 6ft or higher) to cross polinate -
Diggers have advised their plants are $7.50 plus $7.50 postage and if 3 plants are ordered the postage is still $7.50 -
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Hi Trudy, it depends to some extent i think on whether you are planting in the ground or using pots. I have two older misty and 1 sharpe about three feet high in pots - they can get to 1 and a half meters in the ground i'm told. I think Northland and Brigetta get even bigger (they are commercial varieties). I think denise is a smaller low growing variety (but my one is just a baby anyway.)
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Saxman says...
Hi Trudy, have you already done your order from diggers? If not, would you mind allowing me to add a couple of raspberries to your order? I pass by your suburb fairly frequently, but if its a hassle, i understand =)

Saxman!
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Kath says...
I bought the following from Diggers a couple of months ago. Came looking like dead sticks, potted them up & they are powering on. Cost $52.30 delivered to WA (this also includes a cranberry)
BLUEBERRY 'REVEILLE'
BLUEBERRY 'BLUE ROSE'
BLUEBERRY 'NORTHLAND'
BLUEBERRY BRIGITTA
really happy with them-cheaper way to go if you can be patient.

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Chris says...
boy, I really sympathise with you WA people trying to get hold of plant material. Sounds like more of an ordeal than actually growing the plants.
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Jason says...
Its not that bad Chris, Nurseries will get in stock what grows well in Perth conditions. For most people this is fine.

When i bought mine last summer there was hundreds of Misty and Sharpe.

If you want to try something different then it may get trickier.
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Trudy says...
I will be ordering one plant from Diggers - so YES I can order include your order -
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Saxman says...
Hi Trudy, thankyou that's great. Sadly i've missed the raspberries, but if you could add a gooseberry (roaring lion) to your order for me that'd be really great! Whats your preferred contact? =)
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Here are most of my current berry plants (on the correct post this time!) Basically looking for gooseberries, raspberries and gogi berry now.


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Jason says...
Nice work saxman.

I had the boy out on the weekend and let him taste a ripe blueberry or two. He got excited and started downing some green ones with no show of surprise at the bitterness.

btw where abouts in Canning Vale are you. Im right near the Indian Temple off Nicholson.
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Ha! Just past Maccas off Nicholson! So small a country =) So huge amount of fruiting plants to grow...
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Brad says...
Awesome looking blueberries. Are they going to grow out of those pots or do you expect that size will do? Did you bulk buy those pots?
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Saxman says...
Hi Brad, Thanks! Actually they're not at all full size yet and I've pruned them once by about a third last year- but i don't think I'll do that this year. Eventually if they're ever not happy I'll put them in those massive pots, but won't put them in the ground. I really like the portability factor. I bought my pots in stages (expensive) but come to think of it a bulk pot order makes sense - I'd definitely be prepared to do a combined order with others on this site! The couple of sites i looked at had them in amounts too large for me alone.
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Jason i had a look at your Citrus plants and they're great... mine are lookin a bit stressed; they're in pots too and have some yellowed leaves and possibly some leaf curl thing in places. Also how much can you prune lemonade back for example?
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dude, rotate the photos before you post them.
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Kath says...
This is my first attempt at growing blueberries. Have 6 plants-4 different varieties. Just wondering what to do with them over summer here in Perth-do you move them into semi-shade/how much sun do they need? Don't want to fry them when the warm weather hits. Any Perth people got any tips for me? thanks
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Jimmy says...
I grow mine in a spot where the east wind can't get them and the afternoon shade is on them.

I mulch them heavily with the cheap peet you get from City Farmers and water heavily.

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Saxman says...
Was just in Margaret River - Searching without success for a Blueberry farm that I heard was mean't to be down that way. Couldn't find it however. Anyone know of a nursery growing them down there? Shaun, I thought you said there was one in an earlier post...

And Jimmy, yeah I don't know whats up with the photos round the wrong way - i did rotate them but they reverted when i uploaded them...
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Shaun says...
Hi Saxman,
The Tourist Info Centre should be able to give you the directions to get there.
It is open for pick-yourself blueberries when the season is open.
It is in Sebbes Road just outside of margaret town, nest among the various vineyards.
The phone number of the Blueberry Farm is 08-97577558.

The other Blueberry near Collie is the Cardiff Blueberry Farm, just outside of Collie township.
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That's excellent thanks Shaun.
Cheers =)
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Shaun says...
U r welcome, Saxman.
BTW, the Sebbes Blueberry Farm in Margaret do sell their plants,
but the one in Collie-Cardiff are rather secretive about the varieties of Blueberry they grow, and does not supply any plants (only the berries/fruits are for sale).
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Trudy says...
Hi Anyone Interested
Rosses Auctions will be auctioning plant/fruit trees/over ordered stock at TASSONE, Gt. Northern Hway. on Saturday, the 17th OCTOBER (PHOTOS but Wed. no catalogue yet)
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Damo says...
Yep, he flogs his home grafted citrus and old stock this way every year.
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Greg says...
pull all the flowering buds off the plant..we do that with tomatos untill the plant is a good size ..then let them flower..worth a try
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Tiggerbow says...
There is also a blueberry farm in Stoneville.

Stoneville Blueberry Farm
240 Blue Wren Pl
Stoneville WA 6081
(08) 9295 0767

I think they do pick your own blueberries type thing - I haven't been there before but might try it with my young son.
Not sure if they give any info/ plants etc...
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russ says...
Bunnings balcatta have an unnamed rabbit eye varety at the momment.

Why do growers not put a name on some things? Why propagate a variety that you dont know what it is? Surly if you are going to propagate in such quantities that you can sell at bunnings you could get a specialist to identfy it.
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Trudy says...
Bunnings will have Blueberry plants in November - Varieties Brugetta, Blue Rose, Climax and Denise - (from Rockingham)
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Ian says...
My blueberry bush seems to be stunt. Is there anything I can do to make it grow. Many thanks in advance.
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Shaun says...
Mine bushes seems to be stunted too after the sudden heatwave spell that occured around Christmas last year.
Just keep your potting mix moist, and protect your plants from extreme heat and strong wind .....
Feed them at the first sign of growth with fertiliser low in Potash to encourege more leafy growth rather than flowers (blood n bone seems to do the job).
My stunted Blueberry bushes seems to have come back to life this spring .....
so hope they will gain more growth this year.
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Hi Shaun,

Many thanks for your advice. I will follow your instructions and hope the plant will grow.
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Glen says...
I've just found this forum - and need some advice, if someone would be kind enough to help.

I'm trying to grow blueberries for the first time, and I've attached a photo of the browning leaves - all the same shape of browning. We;ve had rather a lot of rain here in the Blue Mountains - would this cause this? Or do I have some nasty thing I don't know about.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Hey Glen ... looks a bit like burnt leaves. Did you have a really hot day recently? Make sure you water them before any hot days.

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Brendan says...
Hi Glen,
Looks like the old 'leaf-tip-burn' to me. You can google it if you like, but I'd apply lots of gypsum around your tree, scratch it into the surface, mulch it, but keep the mulch away from the tree trunk, then water it in.

This should help to dissipate any 'salts' in your soil, that appear to be burning the leaf tips.

I've just bought an avocado tree back from the brink with too much gypsum. Had ~50% of the leaf tips burnt. I'm also on bore water, I reckon that had a lot to do with it.

You can now buy liquid gypsum. I'd use both.
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Brad says...
For Perth people looking to get Blueberries. Dawson's Forrestfield still don't have theirs in yet. Now expected Nov/Dec (because we had quite a cool early spring). I assume Joe at Tass1 will be the same.

I ignored my better judgement and found out that Wandilla don't have their new stock (Nelly Kelly will be $16), but have larger plants (Denise, Brigitta and Blue Rose) for $30. They didn't look great, but in true form, the old lady tried to tell me otherwise and that the Denise "Does not require chilling hours". http://www.abga.com.au/blueberries.htm shows that it certainly needs more than I get (not that I'm a commercial grower). I concur with this thread
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Brad says...
Ages ago Aneh asked about propagating blueberries, according to this pdf

Blueberries propagate relatively easily from hardwood cuttings taken during winter and soft,tip cuttings taken during summer. If you know someone who grows great blueberries in your region, why not ask them for a cutting. That way you are sure of getting a variety proven to perform in your climate.


Since blueberries are quite similar to Rhododendrons, the following link implies layering could work too. http://www.flounder.ca/FraserSouth/basics/propagation.asp

Problem is... I'm yet to get my blueberries so i can try it :)
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Glen says...
Hi Brad and Brendan -

thanks for the replies and suggestions - from the site of the plant, and the very mixed soil I have here, I reckon the gypsum will be the thing to try first - it's very possible there's clay under the cultivated top bit, from other weird mixtures we've found on site. We've had a lot of rain, and it could be caught around the roots - getting the clay broken up with gypsum is a great suggestion.

And yes, we've had hot - cold - summer - winter - poor plants don't know if they're coming or going! But the blueberries are quite sheltered. Any more thoughts are welcvome.

Cheers from a WA expat!

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Itdepends says...
I'm finding the Nelly Kelly is extremely prolific- but doesn't taste quite as nice as the Misty Blue.

Can't compare to any others yet- as I don't have fruit on the rest this year.
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Nelly Kelly will cross pollinate with Sharpe Blur / Misty.
In my 1st year, I only had Nelly Kelly & sharpe, and both flowered at about the same time & fruited well.
Yes, Nelly Kelly's berry flavour was not as good as Sharpe's .... but I don't think Misty tasted as good as Sharpe either.
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Jimmy says...
Tass 1 have fresh stocks of northland and birgitta berries.
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Shaun says...
Are Northland & Birgitta low chill or high chill varieties?
Some varieties don't do too well if you don't get the required chill hours.
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Jimmy says...
www.canr.msu.edu/vanburen/e-2066.htm

half high bush and low bush so chilling is between?

Northland
Spreading, vigorous bush to 1.5m. Very productive with medium size, dark, sweet fruit. Large picking scar makes fruit unsuitable for wholesale market sales, but is an excellent variety for U-pick, local sales, and for processing. Fruit hangs without dropping and gets progressively sweeter. Northland performs exceptionally well in areas of extreme summer and winter temperatures.

Brigitta
Tall vigorous upright bush to 2.4m with high production. Very large, medium blue, firm fruit with good flavour. Excellent picking scar and keeping quality. An Australian developed variety Brigitta is now being widely grown world wide. Clusters can be tight and the bloom damaged easily. Ripens two weeks after Bluecrop with similar size berries. Fruit can drop easily so care when hand harvesting is required. Probably the best keeping and shipping variety available. A favourite with exporters. For pollination purposes it is best if planted near another variety
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Kath says...
for those Perthites chasing bluberries there's an ad in today's Quokka in the gardening section-look under 'plants' for them
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Saxman says...
Man my blueberries are fruiting/ripening so well right now I've got a freezer full. Gonna make some serious jam i think or compote/ already done pancakes,blueberry vanilla cake, muffins but the best is a bowl full fresh off the bushes with a little yoghurt. I reckon its turning into a bumper season. How's everyone else's going? Must say I'm beginning to share (unwillingly) with the birds now. There's probably plenty to spare them a few with the amount of trees i have i guess but i may soon have to invest in some nets or something.

Over and out
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amanda says...
Lucky you Saxman! Bunnings had heaps in yesterday and I was very tempted! I don't have the right spot for them yet - do you think the would hate the ho easterlies? There's no escape from it on my block - yet.
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Julie says...
amanda, I had blueberries a while ago, and they did really well in pots. I think you could keep them in pots for quite a while, as they are not huge plants.

Mine were on a north-facing wall, so got sun exposure all-year-round.

I'm sure they would do OK if you put them behind a windbreak or shrub that would protect them from the wind. The good thing about pots is you can move them around to suit the seasons.
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Thanks Julie - I might give it a go...although I am pretty bad at remembering to fill up the dogs bowl of water let alone water pots!? oops.

Do they prefer afternoon shade in summer?
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Julie says...
Well mine seemed to do OK with sun all day. I was prepared to move them if they didn't, but they were fine. It surprised me, as they are from a much cooler climate.

As I said, with plants in pots you have the chance to experiment with the site. Blueberries don't seem to have the same problem with shrivelling in hot winds as other types of berries. But I don't think they are related to the blackberry etc family. Are they?
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Shaun says...
Blueeberry do not belong to the same family as blackberry (blackberry / raspberry are cane plants).

Bunnings in Melville has Blueberry of the following varieties: Blue Rose, Brigitta and 1 other variety ( Denise ??) for approx $16.50 per pot.
It also have an unnamed Rabbit-eye variety for approx $11.70.
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Jimmy says...
Mine are in afternoon shade, they like it moist.

Hi Shaun !!
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Saxman says...
Yeah mine pretty much get afternoon shade too. The weather has been pretty kind thus far which is helping somewhat too. Yes your easterlies could be quite devastating Amanda but the wind break thing might work!

Pots are the go as far as i'm concerned. All my friends who tried planting them out found they shrivelled and died no matter what. I use the self watering variety. The mobility of positioning is also very advantageous!

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Thanks guys - the self watering pot might be the go for me! ;-) They are such delicious little fruits - I imagine home grown would be even better!
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Saxman says...
Hi Amanda, Yes they are better home grown, but then i'm obsessed so its haaard to tell objectively! Maybe try having the pots on your patio or near your house- that's be a good wind break!!!! Good Luck.

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I am new to growing blueberries here in Melbourne. I've got a couple and they are growing well in pots. Do I need to fertilize them? If so, what should I use?
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Saxman says...
Hey cesar, check back in this forum there's lots of good advice there!
But try azalea food/soil mix as they are acid lovers.
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Steph says...
Hi Trudy,

You say that you "..ordered 2 BlueRose Blueberry plants from EBAY FOR $16 total including post.(CULTURED in a lab in Bango N.S.W.)-(10 week wait)"...

Have you received your plants?!? I ordered Blueberries from the same seller (shanesmagicland/Baxter Berentai) on 11th Sept - more than 10 weeks ago. I have received nothing despite being in communication with him until recently. Now that the 10 weeks are up I'm getting no response from him via eBay nor direct email.

Was the '10 week wait' thing a scam, to get around eBay/PayPal's buyer protection? Any idea how else to contact him?

Thanks!
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cesar says...
Thanks saxman, it's just that it's got plenty of posts. When should I fertilize it and how often? Some berries are turning a bit purple at the moment.
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Saxman says...
Hi Cesar; Turning purple is good. Just keep waiting...patience! The longer on the bush the sweeter the berries and the more antioxidants they will have! Give plenty of water... I was told that they need fertilizing only once a year with (for example) slow release Azalea food, but i've had success also using a seaweed solution every 2 -3 weeks and the odd bit of thrive. They're lovin it.
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So do you recommend fertilizing right now? I have never done it before and I've got the plants since August
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Itdepends says...
Our local Waldecks has Blue Rose and Climax in- I've never heard of Climax. Nice size plants but $30 each.
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Bunnings has 'climax' and 'blue rose' varieties for $16.99. I have seen other varieties but it depends on the store you go to... best to ring around.
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Mick says...
Steph,

I also ordered the Ebay blueberries from shanesmagicland/Baxter Berentai - never received them, got no response to email, and he is no longer an ebay member.

I found his facebook profile but no other way to contact him - doesn't seem to be listed in phone book.

BTW, I ordered some blueberries from Daleys and they are absolutely fantastic plants!
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Jason says...
Just been reading your blog Mick, Good stuff. Good to see the kids getting involved as well.

A life long passion is harboured fairly early :)
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Brad says...
Finally, I'm in the gang - owner of blueberry plants :) Thanks to those here for the advice.

Tass 1 was letting buyers taste the blueberries he'd picked from a wine barrel pot (in full sun). The really dark one he picked fresh off the plant was unbelievably yum.

For the record I got: a Northland (Tass 1 $25, extra year's growth), Sharpeblue and Misty (Dawson's Forrestfield, $19 small). Tass1 also had small Northland and Brigitta for $15 and is expecting some Sunshine Blue (Nelly Kelly) in a week
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Saxman says...
Yeah just go easy on the fertilizer Cesar and see how they go - maybe start with a bit of Azalea food. Cheers
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Thanks saxman. But I've got some bad news, something has been eating my blueberries. I havent even tasted one. I think they might be snails as the berries are netted. The same happened with some strawberries until I moved them around. There are some berries still (green). See how it goes...
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Saxman says...
Well you might be right. I had a brief skirmish with snails (yes they do love blueberries). After a few well coordinated sorties with the assistance of blue snail dynamite pellets i had no probs. Except with the birds and now my bushes are netted also. Should have fed the snails to the birds!
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Trudy says...
Hi Steph, I paid for 6 blueberry cuttings. My last email from Shanesmagicland was October -since then EBAY erased all records of him from my Computer. For the last 4 weeks I have been emailing EBAY (Astrid) for any communication advice and after 5 futile replies (I do not believe she understands plain English) I was referred to Charles who supplied the following details
Name: Shane Cutting
Address: Bargo
Email:baxter.berentai@hotmail.com
Phone/Fax (disconnected)
I telephoned after two emails - no reply
If I get any info. I will let you know.
He did seem genuine and said middle of December for delivery.
If you want to discuss options, SMS my mobile 0424300009
Since then I have purchased a Blueberry plant (with blueberries on it) and order SunShine from Beaufort St.Nursery.
Trudy.
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Matt says...
Hi Steph and Trudy,
Shanesmagicland tried to screw us over too! We ended up putting in a Paypal claim which was successful but you have to do it within their specific time period. It's a pain in the ar5e but people like that suck because you're doing the right thing and they are sitting back collecting people's cash.

I hope you get your money back.

Cheers

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juanita says...
Our bunnings here sells diff. varieties of blueberries & i just bought mine called "brigitta" w/ 2 tiny fruits on it.
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Our blueberries are 2-3 years old and starting to fruit. Ants are eating the ripe fruit on the bush - any solutions
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Julie says...
Try a smear of vaseline low down on the stem. If you don't want it to contact the stem, you could wrap foil around and grease that.
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Jason says...
Ive been using chest rub around the stem of my fruit trees, they dont cross over it as it smells and prob burns them.

Dont use vic's as too expensive. ive been using the woolworths generic brand. 1/2 the price for a container 3x the size. Same active ingredients.
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Charles says...
1 Litre Vasaline pot works for me , might get some raised eyebrows when you buy it though:)
Apply as described on the stem but make sure no folage touch anything else or the ants will just change their path. Only issue is that other crawling predators wont be able to protect you plant. I wouldnt advise doing this pemanently, just save your fruit then wipe/wash it off.
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Damo says...
I picked 874 grams from one bush today !!
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Sam says...
Damo i picked 875grams from 1 bush 2day
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Jimmy says...
Sure.
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CA says...
I had two Sharpe and one Misty growing in pots. This is the third summer for the Sharpe, and the second for the Misty.They were prolific producers. In summer I move the pots so that they get afternoon shade, otherwise the leaves get burnt. Although they tend to grow a new lot after any burning happens.

Unfortunately earlier this summer my largest on died. I think, because I allowed it to get "wet feet" by puuting a saucer under the pot. One of the others looked sick too, and I removed the pot saucer and it is doing okay.

Cesar could it be grasshoppers eating your blueberries? I have had grasshoppers eat a few of my fruit.
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DaddyC says...
Wow. Such a depth of info on blueberries. Here's a query:

I live in the Illawarra, NSW - just south of Sydney (temperate climate)and was wondering what three varieties of blueberries to grow that will optimise fruiting season for me. Soils are clayey-loam, a tad acidic but on a coastal flat with groundwater 400mm down (so I'll have to raise bed slightly). I'll probably chuck in some azaelea mix and/or peat moss and maybe need a windbreak from coastal NE breezes. Any tips on varieites - probably rabbit-eyes from what I've read. Space is not an issue but would potting be a better solution? Many thanks for any replies - DaddyC
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Harro says...
Hi everyone I have just bought a sharpe from Dawsons Forrestfield $19 I would like to get another Im not sure which one for Perth. Bunnings have Nellie Kellie a bit cheaper is that okay.
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Jimmy says...
I have never been able to keep nellie kelly's alive for very long, and the fruit was inferior.

Misty and sharpe from Dawsons are both excellent.
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Jason says...
Id agree with Jimmy, My misty and sharpe from dawsons are both growing great guns.

$19 last year, they are now about 2 or 3 times bigger than the ones they have for $50

(still got some fruit in the first year, this year should be good)
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Brad says...
Are my plants sick?
I thought at first this was sunburn, but now not at all sure. It was first visible on my Northland, but now also on the neighbouring Misty. Its prominent on older leaves, younger ones look very healthy. Is browning on the stems normal? Its visible where the leaves are not yet affected. Sorry, some photos are out of focus
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Harro says...
Thanks guys I think I will go back to Dawsons and buy a misty.
Cheers Harro
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cesar says...
I have the same problem with my blueberry plants.... old leaves are the ones with the problem.
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Brad says...
Sorry to hear that Cesar.
It would be nice if anyone who knows what bacterial canker or blight looks like could tell me if it resembles the above photos or not
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Clive says...
Hi Brad,
Don't worry about the browning, it is just sunburn. We have a blueberry farm and this happens to some each year but with our hot summer this year it is more widespread.
Blueberries require a lot of water and if the leaves dry at all they will start to brown out within a few days. Being shallow rooted you need to keep moist and if it's a very hot day water morning and night by drippers. Nothing to worry about, remove them in July if they haven't fallen off and they will be replaced next season.
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Brad says...
thanks Clive. I guess the shadecloth isn't thick enough on our hottest days. I might try drought shield next summer.

I never knew Australia had a Cardiff either - always learning.
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Nick says...
I just bought three Nelly Kelly blueberry plants from Laverton Market today. The one with red leaves was also a Nelly Kelly from the market planted a year ago.
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Harry says...
My Nelly kelly blueberry plant has flower buds in the middle of the cold Melbourne season and this is the second year of doing so.

Should I remove them all?

Is that normal?

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Brad says...
Did you fertilize them in Autumn? If so, next year don't. If they're young I'd remove the flowers, but they will drop in cold weather on their own I'd expect
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Harry says...
Hi Brad,

I did fertilize them in Autumn. I won't do it in the future. I will remove all the flowers soon.

Many thanks.
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Nick says...
Any ideas on how to lower pH from 6 to 5. Yesterday it was 7 but I added 2tablespoons vinegar in 10 litres water. I need to hopefully lower it for a long time and quickly if possible because I have 3 blueberry plants in pots ready to be planted.
P.S: The pot soil isn't acidic at all.
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Julie says...
Iron sulphate is a good choice for lowering pH. I used it on my lime growing in a bag when the manure I had added turned out to be quite alkaline.

But you are not supposed to do it really fast, just change it gradually. I suspect I may have killed a blueberry by adding acidic material too quickly.
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jolie says...
No but I am going to try. I heard you take 20 - 30 cm cuttings off the hard wood of the plant in winter and keep cold (wrapped in wet newspaper and plastic in fridge for a while), before potting, will soon develop roots.
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Brad says...
I'm using iron sulphate on mine too after the ph didn't stay at the 5.5 it was when i planted out

vinegar (and also lemon juice) will give a very low ph for a day or two but then have no more effect on the ph as they break down quickly

on this topic - pine fines apparently acidify and I used some taken from a mates yard in my blueberry pots. I'm not convinced they're lowering the ph. Are there some types of pines that don't?

Jolie - was that intended for this thread?
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Nick says...
Thanks.
Like you said, today the pH had gone right back up to nearly neutral. I'll look for some iron sulphate. I've also heard that blueberries like peat moss and it lowers the pH.
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Applenut says...
Here in California blueberries are grown commercially in fields that the farmers bring in large tankers of sulfuric acid to inject into the soil to lower the pH. That's not a viable option for the homeowner (don't even think about it) but lowering the pH of my soil has been harder than I thought. There is some merit to growing blueberries in a pot as it is easier to keep the pH down, rather than the acid leaching out into the soil. We plant them in a mix of 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 miniature bark, and 1/3 part compost, all from bags from the home center. Add to this a good handful of soil sulphur, a handful of ammonium sulphate, and a handful of some form of iron (Ironite is the brand name here in the USA). The iron has been the secret ingredient here with my high-pH soil, as the bushes kept having white leaf tips and burning in the sun. They're doing much better now. Some folks just get a bale of peat moss, cut a hole in the plastic side, and plant the blueberry bush right in the bale above ground. Southern Highbush has fruited well even by the coast where chill hours are less than 50 per year; we have about a dozen varieties and keep looking for other places to plant them (pull out that silly lawn and plant more blueberries).
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Col says...
I've got three blueberries in pots, Misty, Sharpe and highland. To lower the potting mix PH, i added a couple of tablespoons of sulfer mixing it into the potting mix. I've also put a thick layer of peat moss which increases the acidity as well as keeping the roots moist as the roots are very shallow. I've also put down some small rocks to cut evaperation. The plants have fruited from September reasonably continuously with fruits still to come through now. I've found misty is the tastiest, Sharpe produces a big crop, however i can't get much off the highland bush.
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russ says...
Any WA blueberry hunters spotted any varities of blueberry in the nurseries recently. I notice bunnings balcatta have nelly kelly, but i was after some different varities.
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CJ says...
Hi Russ, both Tass1 and Dawsons had several varieties two weekends back.
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john says...
Hi Russ,
Tass 1 had some on special,almost 2 ft for $10 each..Check it out.
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russ says...
Cheers CJ & John.

I picked up a Northland and Brigatta from Tass1 at the weekend, replacing ones i neglected from Joe 6 months ago. Large plants for $10 - great value!

CJ, which Dawsons did you see them at?
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CJ says...
On Hale Road. They had quite a few varieties but much pricier than last year, most around the $20 mark from memory
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Nick says...
Does anyone know when the growing season starts. Its mid-winter now, the plants have flower buds and I'm thinking of applying Fish Emulsion. The bottle says apply during growing season and I want to fertilize ASAP
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Jason says...
Nick i know that they flower soon and then fruit around early spring (from memory) but i thought the growth was around summer time. Plenty of new leaves.
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The most important thing with blueberries is the soil PH. Without the acidity the fertilizer will be useless to them.
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Russ says...
Cj, thanks for the tip. Misty and sharpe from dawsons in joondalup.
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Nick says...
Thanks Jason. We've got a really cold week coming so hopefully that'll kick-start the flowering. Also the pH is under control last time I checked.
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Ziggy says...
Keep in mind that if the tree is still in the pot, it will not grow to its full potential.. the pot doesnt allow it to grow. If you put a fish in a small bowl it doesnt grow either... Whe you put the fish in the aquariaum it grows because it adapts to the environment... Same goes with the trees... Plant it in the ground so the roots dont have spreading limitations.

also make sure you dont use a posy hole digger to dig the hole for the tree...when in spinning motion it rounds the hole and makes the sides smooth and solid rather than rough, which restricts the roots going through the soil.

Dont plant the tree deep in the ground. Depending on the soild also, I normally put half to three quaters under the ground and just put extra soild on top of the ground level to cover the rest of the roots... This stops the water sutting on the roots and just like putting wood in the water for a long period of time it will make the roots crumble especially when you plant in clay ground. Put 1-2 stakes/ pickets near the tree and tie them together so the wind doesnt pull it out of the ground... months after the roots have gripped into the ground then you can remove the picket...

check with your local nursery for further information in regards to plantation in different soils... I'm glad to help if there are any questions...

I can also help if you have any questions regarding building construction. I am a Builder by trade...

Email me : ziad.halabi@live.com.au

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snottiegobble says...
I used to live opposite a blueberry farm in Vic. & their soil ph was around 4.8, now thats very acid, but if you can chat up your local cafe owner for their coffee grounds on a regular basis you should be able to get to that Ph level in the soil with frequent applications. It works great with potatoes & carrots as well.
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Brad says...
video of about 10 different varieties in mature pots here
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Colleen says...
Hi, Does anyone know how well the Reville blueberry plant does in Perth (fruiting)? I was keenly waiting for the date diggers were to sell their plants this year, but they didn't do a batch of Reville this year. So I might be waiting til next year - however I wrote an email to diggers and found out they recommend either O'Neal or Sunshine Blue for Perth (so I don't know where that would leave Reville - unsuitable?).
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Itdepends says...
My Reveille are only young- and not fruiting yet (I know I killed one or two variteties- and am thinking Reveille was one of them).

Sunshine blue and Misty blue both go well down my way- only slightly colder than Perth.

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Colleen, I got most of my blueberrie plants delivered from Diggers this year, except for Sunshine blue and Northland varieties. To be blunt, I wasn't impressed with the quality or size of the plants for the price I paid for them. For the about 5 bucks more, I could have gotten those varieties double the size and in better condition from Bunnings or local markets.

Either way, whats done is done and I've put them in the ground with some azalea potting mix. Lets see how things go.
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Rev says...
Please write to diggers and tell them so, if people do they lift their game.

I do think you should support local markets
Blueberries are really easy to propagate via heel semihardwood cuttings in a peat based media while they are deciduous

i used to buy in diggers sized plants for about $4 and grow them on. I think wed sell them for $7 or $8 a pot.
Daleys had slightly larger ones for about $12.50 i think, maybe more now

but the prices ive seen in some nurseries are just stupid.
You reall are best off buying just one decent sized plant of 2 or more vars and using your prunings to make more

also dont let these tiny blueberry bushes carry a crop, it'll stunt them badly.
Just like citrus, if it flower pull them off, just encourage them to build a large healthy plant with strong root system for a couple of years. By year 3 theyll carry a small crop, and by year 4 a full crop and so on thereafter.
These are an investment that can repay but youre looking at a 4-5 year turn around

i had two rabbit eyes from Daleys but suprisingly i lost them in the summer. Id try them again though as they are meant to be the most heat hardy and least picky about soil of the blueberries.
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Saxman says...
All of my Misty, sharp and nellie kelly blueberries are in full flower already this season which is surprisingly early but my northland and denise varieties look quite dormant still. Is anyone else finding similar?



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yep: posted it here
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Brad says...
my dad in law's potted blueberry in maida vale is not only flowering its fruiting already

there's also posts with photos here from early august 2009 in Perth fruiting
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Julie says...
Mitre 10 has blueberries for $13.99. They had sold out, but getting more in the next couple of days, so they'll let me know.

They will definitely have Sharpe blue, but don't know what others.

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Brad says...
the collie one was previously mentioned, but according to http://www.pickyourown.org/australiawestern.htm you can also pick blueberries in Albany
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toby says...
Herbs R Us at the Wanneroo markets have some very nice Southern Highbush blueberry plants (exact variety ?).

I bought a few to add to my collection of Sharpblue Misty and Nelly kelly's.
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john says...
Hi guys,
I just got some northland and bregita from tass1trees for $10 they were 2ft tall and all budding, can`t wait.

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Julie says...
Mitre 10 finally got their bluberries - all Nelly Kelly unfortunately! I had been told they would be getting Sharpe and maybe Misty. $13.99.

This was at the Kelscott store - it might be different elsewhere.
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Brad says...
Julie - give Dawson's forrestfield a call. They always get those in - just ask when they're arriving. last year was much later than now
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Brad says...
My Northland is still a stick. Anyone else got one in Perth - doing anything or same as mine?

My Misty and Sharpe are flowering, fruiting and putting out new leaves. I thinned these to a handful as its their first fruiting season, but they've overtaken the year older Northland.
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gus says...
yep my Northland is also a stick. Nelly Kellys are growing thousands of berries but was almost about to give up with the Northland. Maybe we should be patient.
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Shaun says...
Some blueberry cultivars need high chill to do well.
Nelly Kelly, Sharpe and Misty are low chill cultivars.
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Brad says...
Thanks shaun. I know but Tass1 at the time didn't have the low chill so the northland is a bit of an experiment but I'm sure I'm not the only one trying it in Perth.
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au0rey says...
I read from this thread that the Nellie Kelly blueberry seems good to have especially with the good yield of fruit. Can anyone with them tell me how the fruit taste? I would love berries that are sweet.

And I read here too that we should not let young/small plants have fruits first to let it establish well. So how long years should we allow that before letting it fruit?

Any Melbourne gardener successful with growing Nellie Kelly blueberry plants?

I intend to keep mine (when I get hold of it) potted since it requires acidic conditions. Are most of your blueberry plants in pots or in ground?

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au0rey says...
I read from this thread that the Nellie Kelly blueberry seems good to have especially with the good yield of fruit. Can anyone with them tell me how the fruit taste? I would love berries that are sweet.

And I read here too that we should not let young/small plants have fruits first to let it establish well. So how long years should we allow that before letting it fruit?

Any Melbourne gardener successful with growing Nellie Kelly blueberry plants?

I intend to keep mine (when I get hold of it) potted since it requires acidic conditions. Are most of your blueberry plants in pots or in ground?

Thanks!
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Lorna says...
My Nelly Kelly in Albany got two crops on last year, with good big tasty beries. This year with the colder Winter, it has got a phenominal crop coming along. I have never seen such a heavy load. Looking forward to them being ripe.
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Brad says...
Was at Tass1 again... his Northland varieties were also sticks. His Nelly Kelly fruiting. The valley would get more chill than me, so the Northland should still comes good
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Hayden says...
When am I meant to plant sharpe blues and mistys. I would put them in pots but are they mention to be potted now in spring or when they are dormant in the winter??? Thanks
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Anntrenton says...
Blueberry tea is surging in popularity thanks to positive publicity surrounding blueberry tea benefits and the vast array of detectable flavors available in consumers. The benefits of blueberry teas are by far one of the best ways to improve failing health and help keep one's health in tact.
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Julie says...
Hayden, are they already in pots and you want to put them in a bigger pot?

If you are careful not to disturb the root system, most things can be repotted now, though winter is better. Just don't do it on a hot day.
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Hayden says...
Haven't bought them yet but was wondering what time to.
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Julie says...
Depending on the size of the blueberry, you may not have to do anything. I found they take ages to outgrow a pot, so no rush. The only b'berries I have seen on sale have been fairly small.
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Brad says...
i've seen some larger ones. my small ones overtook the large one anyway.

now is fine, just keep them moist. in perth they can't handle direct sunlight. mine got burnt last summer under light shadecloth
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helor says...
For anyone interested...there were blueberry plants for sale at the Canning Vale Sunday flea markets. They were quite big plants, bushes were about 40cm diam? and were selling for $15. They looked pretty healthy, I almost bought one myself...if they're still there next week I think I might still haha. Not sure of the variety, but they had fairly large leaves and the placard said they were heavy fruiters. Looked nothing like the nelli kellys that I've got at home so possibly they are sharpies?

Hayden: I bought a couple of nellie kellys from Bunnings at the start of winter and they are planted in half wine barrels that I got from the reject shop...they are about 50cm wide and they are doing well, still got a fair amount of growth to go before they are anywhere near outgrowing the pot...if they ever do. At the moment they are getting full sun, though I'm thinking of moving them under the patio once the heats sets in
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Hayden says...
So you can buy blueberries at this time? I haven't been able to find any but I might need to look at the markets.
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Shaun says...
I only got a few blueberry fruits from each of my plants this year .....
because they all flowered at different times, out of synch with each other.
In previous years, when all the different varieties flowered at the smae time, the berry fruits were plentiful.
I think this year's erratic climate pattern is the main cause of the out of synch flowering syndrome.
Any one out there having similar experience this year?
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They're $15 ea and large sweet berries, don't recall name!
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Saxman, whose post are you replying to?
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Saxman says...
Yeah good point. Was using my Not-so-Smart-phone at the time. Must have been looking at a much earlier post?

However to explain, I was down at the grower's market at South Freo SHS on Lefroy Rd Beaconsfield. They have great plants for sale there $15. Large sweet berries. Can't recall the variety but they were different to all of mine; (I Don't think they were sharp, misty or nellie kelly.)
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NB: These Grower's Markets are every Sunday 7am - 12pm
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Brad says...
My Northland is still a twig. But now its a green (rather than brown) twig and they're all a fair bit longer. Misty and Sharpe are about ripe for eating now.
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Trudy says...
Hi, I purchased four blueberry plants this year -
Sunshine Blue (Beaufort St. Nursery) lots of fruit. doing well.
City Farmers -Lord St. -struggling but alive -6 fruit.
Bunnings -slowly expired -dead.
Diggers - BlueRose - Deciduous -now full of leaves -no flowers yet.
All in same type of pots/azalea mix/same position/same amount water.

I also put some Vermiculite in the pot.mix.
Can anyone tell me if Vermiculite is good for pots/plants.
I was told by Bunnings that Blueberry Plants should be in stores this week.
In the past I have found Bunnings plants are mislabeled and die easily.
eg. two lime trees turned out Grapefruits. (I kept receipts 2 years but trees were too bid when fruit came)

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hal says...
you can purchase a wide variety of blueberry plants at good prices from Blueberrycroft.com. they sell southern, northern, and rabbit eye varieties.
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Spring is generally the best time to plant blueberry plants. A good discussion of when to plant blueberry plants can be found in the blog at http://www.blueberrycroft.com/cms/index.php .
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chris says...
You can not import blueberries from overseas into Australia, so do not bother.
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Brad says...
My Northland (Mr Twig) got its first leaf in time for Xmas. Merry Xmas one and all
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Hayden says...
Purchased my first blueberry at bunnings during the week. Very small but seemed very healthy. It was a nelly kelly.
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I have had two blueberries in pots - azalea mix with a pine mulch - for about 6 weeks. They were in fruit when purchased and don't seem to have ripened any further. The new growth however, is quite abundant. Growing in a southern coastal area... Any tips to help ripen? Thanks...
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Shaun says...
There are now 3 new varieties of "drought tolerant low-chill" Blueberry available in the Southwest WA.
They can be found in Margaret River (Mitre 10 and weekend markets), Bunbury (Parkland Nursery), Busselton (Mitre10), and Capel (town nursery) garden centres.

1. Delite (needs cross pollination with Tiff Blue)
2. Tiff Blue (needs cross pollination with Delite)
3. a cultivar labelled "S.B." (self-pollinating)
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Brad says...
Thanks Shaun. Interesting. I wonder what their origin is?
I asked a blueberry grower at kalamunda Market what varieties they grow. He said they'd bred their own over the years. Unfortunately the ones we tasted were gritty.
Please let us know how these varieties go
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Drought-tolerant blueberries? I'd be a little doubtful as the blueberry is adapted to peaty swamps. There is some evidence ,however, that breeders of reptiles have developed a vegeterian crocodile.
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Brad says...
Hi Kert, do the vegetarian crocodiles taste good?
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Shaun says...
I believe Tiffblue and Delite are RabbitEye cultivars, and "S.B" could be a Southern High Bush.
The price of those Blueberry plants range from $20/= in the markets to $28/= in the garden centres, and they are approx 1 metre in height.
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helor says...
Hi guys, I just bought a couple of blueberry plants from a bloke at the Canningvale sunday markets. Not sure of the variety, he said a guy up near Lancelin had bred this variety...something like K101 or K107 I think he said. Anyhow, I brought them home and they managed to get knocked over and a bit dried out before I noticed. Since then they've dropped all their leaves and I'm wondering if they can be revived as the branches are still very green. I've kept it watered but haven't transplanted into a bigger pot for fear of shocking them too much.

Any advice?
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DaddyC says...
Six blueberries in pots over summer - azaelea mix, coir, and other good stuff. Five going well - one going yellow. All in same sunny spot, all equally watered. Any tips on what's gone wrong or how to remedy? Any companion planting issues perhaps? Close to some potted shallots and lemon grass and (in soil) tomatoes - could this matter? Something eating the roots perhaps? Should I re-pot?
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Glen says...
If you keep blueberries in pots they need quite a lot of attention, and I: notice that most WA members of this blog seem to do that - is this because of the sandy soil there?

But yes, I'd repot into Azalea mix, give a good drink of Seasol for the shock, and keep moist withuot overwatering. Good luck.
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kert says...
A little concerned about the "sunny spot" I know this is standard advice but one hot weterly wind ,temp 40, and your growing cactus. Unless you live in Tasmania I would keep the afternoon sun off them.
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Kert, I was quite prepared to do that when I was growing blueberries. I had them in pots so I could move them around if I needed to. Surprisingly, the hot sun didn't seem to bother them at all, and they were near a north-facing wall.
Can't understand it, unless it's the variety. These were Nelly Kelly.
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helor says...
Well I took a punt and repotted them with standard potting mix, pine bark and some azalea slow release fertisliser mixed in. One of them has sprouted a couple of new shoots but the other struggling...its still a tiny bit green but looking sadder by the day. Keeping them well watered and in a sheltered position that gets morning sun. My nellie kellies are doing very well despite the heat and they have been in full sun up until about 2 weeks ago when it got really windy.

Have thrown a bit of potash onto them aswell. Have run out of seasol...will pick some up tomorrow and give that a whirl. Cheers :)
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kert says...
Read Glowinski- he says that blueberries do not like their nitrogen to come from nitrates . Slow release fertiliser has nitrates and is high in salt ,both of which b.berries dislike. If you must fertilise, use organic nitrogen or ammonium sulphate. Best not to fertilise while a plant is establishing itself.
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Read Glowinski- he says that blueberries do not like their nitrogen to come from nitrates . Slow release fertiliser has nitrates and is high in salt ,both of which b.berries dislike. If you must fertilise, use organic nitrogen or ammonium sulphate. Best not to fertilise while a plant is establishing itself.
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Read Glowinski- he says that blueberries do not like their nitrogen to come from nitrates . Slow release fertiliser has nitrates and is high in salt ,both of which b.berries dislike. If you must fertilise, use organic nitrogen or ammonium sulphate. Best not to fertilise while a plant is establishing itself.
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Dwain says...
Hi, I have a blueberry Northland plant which is over 1 year old.

I recently noticed something on the stem of the plant (see pic). I am not sure if it's a disease or just a natural characteristic of the plant. Is it something to be concerned about?
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kert says...
It is merely hardening of second year's growth; I would,however, keep the mulch a little bit further away.
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Kert, I am relieved - I thought it might of been cankers disease.

Thanks!
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teuops says...
Anybody needing to lower pH, find yourself a pine tree as a regular supply of mulch and you'll find your blueberries smiling!

Add some acacia leaves for your slow release nitrogen. Also a soluble fertilizer routine is beneficial.

It's free and no need for costly artificial alternatives or potting mixes
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Julie says...
I found what I thought was some lovely soil for growing seedlings near the edge of my block. It wasn't - the seedlings stayed stunted and yellow. Did a soil test and it was extremely acid. It was decayed gum leaves, so maybe a good mulch for blueberies?
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kert says...
I doubt gum leaves ,even well composted ones ,get down to pH 4.5 to 5.2.the rquired range for blueberries. In addition eucalypts exhibit allopathy.
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Charles cant spell says...
Would agree there are probably better sources for seed raising and potted plants with low pH. I would love it as a ammender to my 8 pH sand here though :).

Kert there was some discussion (by my mother) that pine trees also had a negative impact on soil (other than turning it slowly acidic on top). Also the plantations drink some serious water. I am just thinking even in the american pine forrests you dont see much diversity. I have seen far more species in a eucalypt prodominant forrest than pine based.
That said it might just be due to clear felling and regrowth, I have not seen a virgin Karri forrest....not sure it exists.
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teuops says...
Both Eucalyptus and pines produce growth inhibiting chemicals in there roots, pines more so. Also pine plantations are denser and let less light in hence no diversity. but the pine needles are acidic, we have a local, well famed horticulturalist, ex ABC and he swears by pine needles for blueberries
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Julie says...
From what little I know, gum tree leaves inhibit germination. So the well- broken down leaves wouldn't have the same effect on a growing plant.

Discuss.
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Saxman says...
Locust Alert!!!
I just found about 14 really big (and now dead) locusts on my blueberries and raspberries. Having a field day they were... amazing how much damage a few dedicated insects can have in a short time. Hoping they are not a prequel to a lot of their friends arriving or my garden will a most unhappy place!!!!
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Hope they don't move on to Roleystone! It's not that far for a winged insect.
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Donovan says...
Hi everyone, just picked up a couple Brigitta bushes from Bunnings for about $12 each on a whim and am deciding to give blueberries a shot. Followed thoughtful advice here for potting mix and hope it goes well.

I'm looking for a couple other varities though, probably anything sold locally will do, any recommendations on places I can pick up some plants this time of year?

Fantastic forum here btw, excellent resource for a novice gardeners like my wife and I. It also helps as I've immigrated from Canada where conditions couldn't be any different for growing my favorite fruit and veg.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Itdepends says...
Tass1trees (open weekends only) - north of river up in Swan valley or Wandilla south of river (off Welshpool road from memory.
Wandilla has a good range but is expensive, Tass1trees is good value (but a long drive if you live south like I do).

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kalamunda markets had a few today, so maybe try any markets down your way
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Donovan says...
Thanks guys. Ended up getting a Misty and two Sharpes at Dawsons to go with two Brigittas. Seems like good variety, all planted and good to go. All kept in semi shade the past few days since planting, but the Misty leaves seem a bit limp already, probably just from direct sun, although maybe over watering... They clearly have the most tender leaves while the other two are a bit hardier, hopefully not a bad start for that plant.
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VLR says...
I bought a Misty and Sharpe from Dawsons in December and found the same thing - the Misty leaves started to go a bit limp. I think the sun was too much for them combined with the hot easterlies. They're in large pots so I moved them from a position where they got sun for half the day to a shadier spot where they get sun til about 10 or 11am. They've nearly tripled in size though so once they're established they should be fine. Had to trim off some of the damaged/burnt ends after the first couple of weeks.
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Julie says...
Ah, maybe this solves the mystery! Many folk have said their blueberries couldn't take full sun, though mine were on a north-facing wall all summer with no ill effects.

They were Nelly Kelly, supposedly very suitable for Perth conditions. So the difference in varieties might explain why the difference in sun tolerance.
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Brad says...
Nelly Kelly needs less chill and copes with more heat. It produces well but is a smaller plant. In my opinion it's a poorer tasting variety
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Donovan says...
Any ideas on places to get Nelly Kelly's? So far I've got three varities, but would love to add another so I hopefully get fruit most of the season.
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Julie says...
Mitre 10 had heaps yesterday. I used to grow them, but found them a bit tasteless. I'd like to try Sharpe blue and Misty, as they seem to be more flavoursome, according to this thread.
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Melissa says...
Hey, check out my journal to see photos of my little experiment on my Nellie Kelly blueberries; "Comparison of 1st Year Blueberry Growth- Sacrifice of the First Crop v.s Instant Gratification"

http://myfolia.com/journals/100039-comparison-of-1st-year-blueberry-growth-sacrifice-of-the-first-crop-vs-instant-gratification-

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Dwain says...
Hi guys, I want to lower the ph of the soil of my blueberry plants. I was told elemental sulphur is a good option as it is long lasting and easily obtainable. But is it actually safe to use in potted plants?
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Dwain says...
I just contacted someone from Espoma (manufacturer of garden products). I was told that you can use sulphur in containers to acidify soil – the recommended dosage is 1tsp per 8" of pot diameter.



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Donovan says...
Well 4 of my 5 potted blueberries are doing well, but the misty has burnt to a crisp despite only morning sun. Half the leaves will crumble in my hand if I touch them. Its alive and will probably survive but has had a bad start.

Any tips on what to do with it? Should I trim the leaves that are sun damaged or just leave it? Its basically in full shade with 1-2 hours sun a day now.
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VLR says...
I gave mine some Seasol then watered it daily to keep the soil moist (I mulched it when I re-potted it). I left the leaves on because there was a heatwave coming and I thought it would be pointless. When the temperatures dropped a bit I trimmed off the ends of the crispy branches then gradually removed any leaves that were more burnt than green about once a fortnight. It took a while but it's doing good now. The picture with the cat in it is the Sharpeblue and the other one with the 2 dogs is the Misty. I got them about mid-December from Dawsons in 180mm pots.
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Donovan says...
When I potted my bushes in the past month I used a mix of azalea soil and peat moss, however I didn't use anything to help with drainage, like pine bark mixed in or anything. I recently bought a moisture tester and the water deep in the pot is very moist.

I guess originally planting for the first time in Australia I was concerned with water loss but I'm wondering if this is a recipe for root rot and I should maybe repot with some coarse, drainage helping material?

Any suggestions?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sJSXT7fJaQ

This might help!
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Machsue says...
Hi, I bought a Tiff blue recently, the leaves are going red and falling off, is this normal? Anything I can do to ensure it does not die. We are having a bit of rain, is it ok for the bush to be out (next to shelter? Thank you
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Don't worry Machsue, your blueberry is just losing its leaves for winter :)
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amanda says...
I can finally join this thread! :) I am giving Sharpe Blue, Misty and N.Kellie a whirl up here (in tree sacks)...there was a very knowledgable man at Dawsons in O'Connor - he told me that the Misty was more heat tolerant than the Sharpe - so I will see which of the 3 can handle Gero best...
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amanda says...
Hey guys - I splurged out and got two of the more advanced blueberry plants (maybe 2yrs or so old?) and they were already flowering (and still are)...is this the right time of the year? Are they flowering in Perth also?

(thanks - just wanted to check as I have never grown these b4..)

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Nick says...
Hi amanda, all my evergreen blueberries are flowering like mad atm.
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amanda says...
Ta Nick - I take it that these will end up being the fruit that ripens in spring then(or early summer?)

It's hard to tell what's going on sometimes around here!? My passionfruits are still putting out the sporadic flowers and the stone fruit are flowering in fits and starts...

The weather keeps alternating between warm and cold nites - and nothing has lost it's leaves, that should have by now...it's very frustrating as I need to copper-wash and prune still - I am way behind!? :-O
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Nick says...
Same here amanda, even down here my stone fruit were reluctant to lose their leaves for a while. Everyone's said its been a freezing winter but I reckon its been pretty mild- only 2 or so nights down to 2 degrees!
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Shaun says...
The Dawson man @ OÇonnor is correct, Amanda. Misty tend to withstand heat better than Sharpeblue. If you got you plants in pots, remember to remove them to a shady spot when the weather warms up. If not, the summer afternoon heat and dry Gero wind can kill the plants.

I think Sharpeblue berries got better taste than Misty. I'll wait for you to get the first taste of your own blueberries, then we can compare notes.
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amanda says...
Thanks Shaun :) I also got a one of the Nellie Kellies - they are tiny things from Bunnings...it was worth paying the extra for bigger plants at Dawsons - I get to taste without waiting for a change! yay!
They are in the shade house now but have formed the fruit already - despite the long car trip home and re-potting. Healthy plants :)
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Wazzbat says...
Tested the soil around my recently planted 2 Blueberries today (Brigitta and Blue Rose) and the pH was about 7.5 me thinks? I flicked about a bit of Dynamic Lifter for Citrus (all I could find in the shed) and mulched over the top with pine bark mulch. Is there anything else anyone can recommend which could help drop the pH? Cheers!
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Sulphur will slowly drop soil pH (buy it as dusting sulphur) but won't work very well if you have any limestone in your soil.

Pine needles would work better than pine bark (break down quicker- nicer mulch)

If you can't get the pH down you'll be better off planting in pots (filled with potting mix- preferably Azalea mix) and bury the pots in the ground (To the rim) and cover with your pine bark mulch.

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Julie says...
Dynamic Lifter is basically chook poo, which is usually a bit alkaline.

I find iron sulphate best for acidifying soil when needed. Try a little at a time - don't try and drop the pH too fast. I think I may have killed a blueberry this way.
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Wazzbat says...
"Julie says...
Dynamic Lifter is basically chook poo, which is usually a bit alkaline. "
OOPS! I just assumed citrus=acid therefore Dynamic Lifter for Citrus must be acidic. Ah well.
Thanks for the advice Daniel and Julie. I will have to try some sulphur/iron sulphate.
When "they" say Blueberries grow better in acidic soil, are they saying that they generally grow better or they fruit better in acidic conditions? I guess what I am asking, will my Blueberries grow OK in pH 7.5 but just not fruit well or will they not grow too well at all?
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Julie says...
You will probably be able to tell from the state of the leaves - what colour they are. Usually a good indication of how happy a plant is in certain soils.
7.5 sounds too high to me.

And citrus don't like it too acid, closer to neutral, though they will cope well on slightly acid soil.
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Shaun says...
What I had done in the past was to throw a few old rotting lemon/kumquat or any citrus around the base of my blueberry bushes and let them rot away.
Yes citrus FRUITS = acid and it will lower the pH around the soil as it rot away.
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Dave says...
Pine needles work quite well on my blueberries for the extra acid. I have a few large pines nearby so its easy to apply. They seem to love a sprinkling around the drip line every now and then, I then cover them up a little with straw so they break down better in more moist conditions. I use to test the ph every 6 months or so but have the amount pretty accurate these days.
For 2-3 year old bushes about 2cm layer under straw but depends on your soil ph in the first place, best to experiment a little.
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Melissa says...
i was wondering if anyone knew where to find the legacy variety in sydney? i'm very keen to own a couple..
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Greg says...
I picked up my Legacy from Bunnings back in February. Saw them in a number of stores back then but not seen any recently. incredibleedibles.com.au were the supplier.
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Melissa says...
ahh thank you! i don't know how i missed that :/ but at least i'll be on the look out in future..
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amanda says...
I had my first ever home grown blueberry last nite (Sharpe) and the taste was WOW!! Soooo much better than the insipid things from the supermarket...highly recommend grow-your-own.

I am hooked and will need more plants for sure :D
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au0rey says...
Amanda, can u describe the wow? Are they big berries? Sweet? Juicy? I haven't seen any sharpe here in Melbourne. Do they go by other names too? How old and how big is your plant? Thanks!
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amanda says...
Hi au0rey, I have a Misty, Nellie Kellie and a Sharpe...the sharpe berries are the largest of the 3 - and a good size, to me anyway.
It's berries are ripe now - the other two are a few weeks off yet (so haven't tasted them yet). The sharpe is reputed to handle the heat better.

The 'wow' - umm...very blueberry and sweet sub acid...? (I find the shop ones very bland indeed..?) juicy - not very grainy.

It's hard to say as I have not tasted any others - but I am happy so far. It will be interesting to compare to the other 2 when they are ripe.

It's about 1m tall if that, not very bushy yet - but lots of fruit. I only bought it a few months ago and repotted it. I don't know how old it is - at the nursery they have about a half doz sizes ranging from very small (about $8) up to much larger (about $50) I got the $30 size - as I didn't want to wait! :D

It must be at least 2yrs I am thinking?
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au0rey says...
Thanks Amanda! I have seen Nellie Kellie but somehow (possibly with all the reading I have done) I was not confident to buy it. Will have a check on Sharpe. I am still looking for big and sweet berries as our family only likes those. So yours is in a pot? Is it going to stay perm in a pot? Do you protect from the birds? I hesitate with buying a blueberry as so far I havent been able to find acidic potting mix. Do you know where I can get some? I know you are in WA and I in Vic but perhaps some common franchise nurseries I may not know of have them. Thanks.
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amanda says...
Yup au0rey - u can buy potting mix that is for azaleas (and camillias?) and it is an acidic mix. I also used some peat moss too. Both from Bunnings. I used pine bark for mulch and a fertiliser for azalea/camillias...(also Bunno's)

Mine are in 35L tree sacks in the shade house and fruiting and happy there so far...I am hoping it will be cool enough for them in my summer :)

Daleys probably have this variety?
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amanda says...
(ps au0rey - here is a pic of mine (right side) and shop ones (left side) - so they are pretty much the same. I am thinking my bush will do better next year as it went thru transport and repotting in the middle of it's crop and was pot bound b4 also)
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au0rey says...
Amanda, good on you for the pic! Thanks! Wow they do look even better than the shop bought ones! I have seen azalea fertilizers but not potting mixes, ok got to really keep my eyes peeled next time.
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How tall can a Gulfcoast grow to? I like it to grow taller than the window sills for shading from morning sun.
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Gus says...
I am surprised your berrys are growing already Amanda. I think I may have to start again with mine as they are still leafless and seemed to have been spooked by something last year. having trouble finding mistys and sharpies in Perth though.
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amanda says...
Hi Gus - I got mine at the Dawsons just up the road from Hilton...umm..South Terrace in ?Forrestfield...(I'm not so good with the Perth suburbs...)

They had them outside and toughened up already. Mine are in pots and are shooting new growth now also. But it is warmer up here too, though.
Is your soil pH ok Gus? I got another one for my friend in Hilton and hers has berries too...I am very happy with the quality and size of the plants.

Have you scratched a little of the stem to see if it's green underneath?
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Brad says...
Gus - more your way, give swanbourne a call and check if they've got them. this season might be still coming. http://www.dawsonsgardenworld.com.au/locations.htm

some varieties are much more likely to do what you describe, especially in low chill suburbs. misty sharpe will do much better for you
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Gus says...
Thanks Guys
I got a couple more plants from Dawsons as I think my first two look too sick.
I had them planted in the ground and surrounded them with acidic soil, but I think they just didn't feel at home. They are still holding onto life, but after a couple of fruitless years, my suggestion to anyone trying to grow blueberries is put them in a pot with acidic azaelia compost. Trying to turn alkaline soil to acidic soil is too much effort.
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amanda says...
Too true gus....it is easier to turn acid soil more alkaline..Have you been at this property long? Maybe over time and with the right soil additions you will be able to gradually change it.
What's it's normal pH?

(mine are in the shade house in pots with that mix too - they are very happy - but mainly cos I don't have anywhere cool/shady enough for them yet...)
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gus says...
I tried a couple of Sharp blueberries off my new bush and am so happy with how they taste. They are much nicer than the Nelly Kellies. Even in there underripe state I think they taste better than store bought blueberries.
My soil is alkaline Amanda and at this stage I am not going to bother trying to change that. I have come to the conclusion that I will try to pick the right trees for the environment I have rather than change the environment to the trees. I always try to build up the soil, but I just can't be bothered trying to grow things like cherries in my environment.
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amanda says...
I agree gus! :) When we buy our next property I will be pH testing the soil b4 I buy too! (easier to renovate a house than the soil I reckon..lol!)
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gus says...
I only live on a normal sized house block and it is trouble enough trying to work with that, so I can't imagine the dramas of your huge country blocks.
Our soils here in WA are so poor, I think wherever you end up is going to be a bit of work. Wouldn't it be great to live in some beautiful part of the world that have spent the last thousand years doing the work for you? I guess somewhere in the pacific islands or south america must have some of the best soils in the world?
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Brad says...
Gus have you hooked up with charles cant spell? he's down the hill a bit near you, but also very alkaline
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Gus says...
Not yet Brad, but I have met a number of different people that have been a great help to me, including the soil folk up in the Swan valley.
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amanda says...
Keep the faith gus! you will get there.....there are acidic soil additions around eg: compost some pine tree sawdust and use the bark as mulch - and heaps of free needles to be had out at Gnangara...? ;)

I'm sure there must be other things too. With time and careful management you can make subtle changes that will benefit your soil in the long term. But yea - you kind of have to plant what you can in the interim..

And good soil suppliers are a great help...some of them have no idea what they are selling!?

Off topic - but I wonder at the wisdom of having new subdivisions where there is not enough room for large, deep rooted trees...with our ancient and weathered soils - they must be one of the few ways new minerals are brought back to the surface again?
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Brad says...
email me using my first name _at_ anize _dot_ org and I can hook you up. he'll be a very useful contact for you and its not like he's busy at all... (lets see if he still reads here)
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Question on Blueberry flowering and leaf growth at this time of year: My northland bush is full of leaves and fruit that have set but my brigetta, and two other bushes (denise, bluerose) have flowered profusely so far but aren't growing much leaf. There are a few small branches with leaves on the lower part of the bushes but the rest of the bush has just flowers on it. Is this normal? Are these late season varieties that will grow more leaves in novermber? Or has the heavy flowering stopped/stunted growth?
All three bushes doing this are 1 1/2 years old.
Any thoughts?
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I had the same problem J! Because my soil is relatively neutral where the blueberries are, I assumed thats what caused the stunted growth and excessive flowers (they flowered last year when i bought them- got some delicious fruit too- and thing year too) was the pH, so I added some elemental sulphur around september, and i can already see growth on all 3! :)
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J says...
Hi Nick, thanks for the reply. I've already applied soil acidifiers and fertiliser that acidifies the soil further in september. Plus I used acidic potting mix as the soil when I planted them. Maybe its lost its acidity? I might do a ph test and see where the soil is at. Will do it tonight. I thought the soil was fine because I got such good growth from it last year.

Could the soil being too acidic effect it as well?
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amanda says...
Hi au0rey :) I have started harvesting the Misty berries now...and they are lovely! May even have the edge over the Sharpe (for my taste buds anyway) Also have had a couple of Nellie Kellie berries - but I was nowhere near as impressed...
Has anyone else found this with N.Kellies? (mine is only a tiny plant as yet)
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Machsue says...
My Tiff has grown leaves and what looked like what was going to be fruit, but the tips of the branches are dying. I am very new at this. I planted my bush, went well - still going, but that's it. What can I do?

Thank you for your help.
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au0rey says...
Thanks Amanda!!! Are they sweeter than Sharpe? Do they crop more than the Sharpe? I recently found a website from gardening mag www.moonblue.com.au something like that...they specialise in blueberry plants. Will have a look if they sell your varieties.

Enjoy your harvest!!!
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Julie says...
I was unimpressed with Nelly Kelly too. Fruited well, but rather tasteless.
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amanda says...
They crop about the same au0rey. I also saw a variety called "Sugarland" (I think that was it) in a nursery on Beaufort St. Some of the fruit were an impressive size.
Not sure about the taste - the bushes were quite straggly. Some were great - others no so.

Both my Sharpe and Misty are still fruiting - it's been 2 months now...a great extended harvest I think?
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au0rey says...
Very nice Amanda! :)
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Merilyn says...
Hi All,

I noticed several blue berry plants at Fairfield Waters Bunnings Townsville store this afternoon.
I saw a cooking demonstrator lady last week at Coles Kmart in Townsville who told me me how to have warm blueberries on top of pancakes with nutmeg and chopped walnuts. It was delicious and as I needed something easy that night for my son and his girlfriend visiting(she is a good cook) I cooked some of these too. The pancakes and blueberries tasted slightly better with the blue berries warmed a little in the fry pan. I thought blueberries were a cold climate plant and am wondering if I could be successful in growing them in Townsville. Maybe when the wet season starts, currently it is hot (31 degrees today) and dry.
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amanda says...
My Sharpe has started flowering again - how much longer does the 'season' last? So far I am very impressed - don't know why I waited so long to start growing these!? What a great plant.

It will be interesting to see how they cope with the recent hot weather and if the flowers set (although they are in a shade house at least)

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kim says...
Dawsons in Forrestfield have a lot of blueberries (Misty & Sharpe) for sale ($21.95??? for small ones and $29.95 for medium sized ones) right now. They are heavy with fruits (yes, even the small plants!!) which you are allowed to taste!! The Sharpe variety is absolutely scrumptious - very fragrant and sweet. Hope my newly purchased plants survive. :)
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Brendan says...
Just a short message to let Townsville blueberry lovers know that you can grow blueberries here and quite successfully. I have been growing Sharpblue and gulfcoast for 3 years in 30 cm pots of azalea potting mix with peat moss added. I purchased the sharpblue from Bunnings and the gulfcoast from Kendall farms.
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Ruth says...
I have really enjoyed reading all the responses. I bought two Nellie Kellys from Bunnings in Mount Gambier for 12.90 each. Healthy looking plants.I was going to put them in the garden but looking at all the above I think i will put them into a Yates Tuscan pot and see how they do.This is my first time so I am really looking forward to my fisrt blueberries
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amanda says...
Well - the recent Sharpe flowers set fruit in very hot, windy weather too! What a tough customer..? :)
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Machsue says...
My "Tiff" is going so well. I think it is too hot, well was until this quick rain stormy spell. I am in Kelmscott and Have a Tiff in a large pot. Should it be in direct sunlight or can I keep it under the tin back porch. It flowered and the tips died. Now the leaves are going brown. I have moved it today into the rain and a bit of sunshine. Not sure, I dont want my baby to die............ help please.
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kv says...
My olds put two Nellie kellys in their retaining wall garden bed earlier this year - I told them not to hold out much hope to get a feed out of them as they can be difficult to get fruit out of in some spots...WRONG!! these plants are all of 20cm high and they have got around 5 punnets off them!! Can't wait to see them next year when they have actually grown! Newcastle, NSW - east facing garden bed - part sun part shade - cow manure fertilizer - initial seasol during transplant
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DaddyC says...
My mix of blueberries (biloxi, sharpe and another type) are ending a fruitful season here in the Illawarra. Kids loved them straight off the plants. The sharpes are having a little bloom again - nothing prolific.

Was wondering if I should trim them back - there are a few straggly branches with leaf tip browning/yellowing.

6 plants are now two years in separate @25cm pots - azaelea mix with some peat moss and coconut coir. Maybe transplant in autumn into larger pots?

One plant is suffering - found a root eating grub but it has not yet fully recovered. Any suggestions welcome.
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Merilyn says...
I had blueberries and light cream for lunch on Christmas Day and they were delicious - went back several times for more.
I saw some berry plants today at Bunnings Fairfield Waters, and they looked in good nick considering they were in the sun and has been 34+ degrees lately.
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Rev says...
I am amazed how expensive and hard to find these plants are!
I bought them from local guy for 7.50 and grew on and sold for $12. I fell over seeing what people pay $20+ for
The crazy prices people at big chains pay really do support inefficiency.. You really should be able to mail order bare root bundles of these things.The horticulture industry here is woefully small and inefficient
They are not hard to propagate by cuttings
Semi hardwood or hardwood over winter
In moist peat and perlite with an iba dip
Just need access to commercial prunings
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db says...
Yesterday I picked up couple of blueberries varieties from Daleys. I'm thinking to put them in 40cm pot (40L), do I need bigger size pots or 40L is sufficient to start with? What should be the ideal pot size for fully grown plant?
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john says...
The dead space in a huge pot will cause problems; best to go large in stages.
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db says...
Thanks John for reply, so is it ok to start with 40L pot or need even smaller to start?
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john says...
Try a pot that is only a little larger than Daleys;when the roots peep through you can repot. Blueberries are v. finicky ;azalea(? spelling ) potting mix is one starter.
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amanda says...
db, how big are the plants? I have mine in 35L tree sacks (but they came in 17.5 cm pots and were maybe 3yr old plants)

Like john mentioned - I used azalea potting mix and some peat mix too. Both were acidic. I have also used pine bark chips as the mulch (to help maintain the acidity)
6 months on now - and they are going fantastic! I am really thrilled with them! (they are in my shadehouse and still fruiting too!)
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Db says...
Hi Amanda, I also got them in 17cm pot, they r actually very small now, may be just 15cm high. I got sharpblue and gulfcoast variety, i wasn't planning to get gulfcoast but Daleys staff said these 2 will fruit in different seasons so berries for much longer period, so i bought it :) Yes, I'm going to get azalea mix. I hope I get it in local bunnings. I already have peat moss, at what ratio I shud mix it with azalea?

Yesterday I also bought lots of other fruit trees like tropic sun custard apple, guava, sapodilla, dwarf mulberry, tamarillo, pomegranate etc etc :) I'm so excited, i guess I'll be busy on coming weekend ;)
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amanda says...
I just used 2/3 azalea to 1/3 peat? Will be in Bunnings for sure. My sharpe blue is the one still ripening berries (although they have got really small in the hot weather now...)
My misty finished about a month ago. Both lovely and handling the heat well. Lot's of new healthy growth too.

Will be interested to see what u think of the gulfcoast when the time comes..as it would be a more heat tolerant variety too?

Nice selection of fruit there :)

Mine were about 60cm tall.
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db says...
HI Amanda, I just checked mine plants, one is 50cm high and other is 30cm high from the soil surface :) I hope they grow very fast as urs... I was also thinking 2/3 azalea and 1/3 peat for mix..

Other than above listed plants, yesterday I also bought Acerola Cherry - 120cm high in 17cm pot which is looks very nice big plant and Panama Berry - 80cm high in 17cm pot and Loquat-Nagasakiwase :)
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amanda says...
Nice one db...I love my acerola! So jealous of your named loquat..so impossible to get over here with quarantine reg's :(

I am not sure what john meant about the 'dead space' in the pot? (no offence john..) Maybe a drainage issue?

I haven't had any dramas with my blueberries going into the 35L tree sack. The drainage on them is good tho...they are from Daleys and the only ones I have seen (so far) with drainage holes up the side of the bag?

Mine are in a shade house tho db (vip)...ambient temps very hot in summer - but they are fully shaded in there. See how u go?
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Joansie says...
I have a friend who grows blueberries in the Otways Vic, He told me to make the soil acid by digging in pine needles.He said aquasol wattered in every now and again helps, His blueberries are to die for and he picks buckets full??? Joansie P S Mine will have to do better They need to be out in the open and not around other plants
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Julie says...
I saw bluberries in Mitre 10 (Kelmscott) today for $7.99! All good looking healthy plants, around 45cms tall, but I was not familiar with any of the varieties. They had Brigitte, Denise, Climax and Blue Rose.

Would love some feedback if anyone grows these. From this forum it seems Sharpe Blue and Misty were favourites for flavour. I have only grown Nelly Kelly, and it was pretty tasteless, so I want a good tasting one - or three.

Urgent response needed - they might sell fast at that price!

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Julie says...
I can only edit once it seems. My location is Roleystone WA, in the hills - didn't come up on the first post. We have hot summers and fairly cold nights in winter, but no frost. Don't know if that makes any difference to the variety.
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Julie says...
Well, it seems I was wrong about the price - they were $17.99. But still good value going by what others have paid.

They are actually around 75 cms - they were on a low bench and looked smaller. I bought Denise and Brigitta, really well-grown, healthy plants.
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db says...
How long it takes to see new growth on potted blueberries? None of my 3 varieties showing any sign of new growth. They are in 40cm pot and in shade since last 4 weeks and I used Azaelea mix and peat moss, recently mulched with Lucerne. Is it too early to see any new growth?
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amanda says...
Not sure db - but my 3 took awhile to put out new growth after I put them into tree sacks. They fruited first tho' (as it was spring) - after they finished fruiting they had a big growth spurt - which seem to have slowed a bit now.

As long as they look healthy and happy they should do their thing...u could always prune a couple of branches and see what happens...



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db says...
Thanks Amanda, 2 of plants looks healthy but 3rd one doesn't look that healthy as some leaves are loosing its original colour and becoming bit whitish (not a big issue though). I don't think I'll be able to prune them as they are already very small at this stage (specially that 3rd one).. They hardly gets any sun (gets sun only for max couple of hour in late afternoon), will that be a issue?

My raspberry which sitting next them is growing fast though in similar mixture (I used Azalea mix and some normal potting mix plus some peat moss).. It already have 10 or so fruits on it plus one new shoot from ground..

PS: does blueberry plants grows in winter as well?
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BJ says...
db, they sound okay, just leave them to do their thing for a while. If you are lucky you might get some growth in the next few weeks before temps start to go down - mine are shooting lots of new growth now. You shouldnt compare to raspberry as they are a weed and grow vigrously. You can give them more sun in winter, but as they are still fairly newly transplants less sun should be fine for now.
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db says...
Thanks BJ, I'll leave them for now then.. Lets see if they put on any growth before winter hits here..
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Db says...
BJ, u was right.. all of my 3 varieties shooting new growth now, so all good now :)
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amanda says...
That's good to know Db :) My Sharpe still carrying tiny berries - so I might prune them off to encourage mine to shoot now too...
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Db says...
Amanda, mine are very small at this stage so I didn't pruned, I just keep them giving seasol. Bluberries are slow growing for sure. I'm sure u will c new growth if u prune urs. Do u feed urs with any liq fertilizers like powerfeed etc?
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amanda says...
Hi Db..I am using seasol and blood and bone with 10% potash added. I decided to stick with organic slow release ferts (excepting that potash) as I didn't want a build up of salts in my tree sacks.

It's too easy to burn them with the chem fert's in pots (I find, at least)

They have some pine bark mulch (acidic) and are doing great.

Powerfeed is great stuff - but it's not slow release....so I guess it would be feast and famine in between feeds? I also feel a bit sad watching that feed dribble out the bottom of the pots too :-(
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Db says...
Nice to know Amanda what fertilizers you are using, I also feel sad like you when I see liquid fertilizer come out of the pot.. so normally I take care so I wont over feed the pot when fertilizing..
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Jem says...
Hi all, I was in Bunnings the other day and noticed that they still had various berries. Is it too late to be planting blueberries on the Gold Coast? I've been wanting to try growing some in pots for ages.
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What's the best type of Blueberry to grow in the western suburbs of Brisbane?
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BJ says...
In the northwest I have gulf coast, which I'd reccommend. I have a feeling that in the west, you could get away with Biloxi and maybe Misty, if they get enough water and a bit of shade from full western suburbs sun.
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amanda says...
BJ..I was really surprised to see how few chill hours Brisbane gets...do you get a good crop of blueberries from the Gulf Coast?

My Misty are Sharpe had their chill hrs down in Perth just b4 I bought them in spring....at the rate our weather is going I will be lucky to get enough chill this season at all...it's still pretty tropical here :-O
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BJ says...
Yes, no problem with the Gulf Coast, even bayside where chill hours are less. Have seen them fruiting very well bayside and looking super healthy and happy.

The others can be hit and miss. I'd like to give misty another shot. Biloxi fruited well one year but died from what I suspect was either the super wet we had and too much direct sun, which also claimed a sharpe. GC seems to handle sun better than the rest.
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amanda says...
Good to know BJ, thanks :) Anyone seen the Gulf Coast in Perth?
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Yuliya says...
Misty and Climax are doing just as good as Gulf Coast in Brisbane North-East. Growing fast and putting on new growth at the moment.
Don't know about fruiting, just bought them all about 6 months ago, grow in containers.
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Db says...
All of my 3 potted varieties (misty, gulfcoast and sharpblue) are flowering now... All seems to have very tiny new leafs as compared to flower size.. I don't want them to fruit as all plants are very small (just 1-1.5 ft high) at this stage.. Should I just keep removing flowers or is there anything I can do so that it wont flower and instead put on just leaf growth? I have not given any potash..

Also, I thought sharpblue and gulfcoast fruits in different season/period (I was told this when I bought them) but mine seems to be flowering at the same time now, so I'm not sure, any idea?
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Helena says...
Hi Deb, I purchased one of my Blueberry bushes at Kelmscott Garden Cntr and another I purchased at Mitre 10, they are available now. Both of mine are approx 4-41/2' tall I am growing both in pots. The older one which was purchased last season and transplanted into a larger pot has lots of flowers coming, the second of the two was purchased just last week and it is starting to bud up now. Good luch with your food garden.
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Donovan says...
Are people seeing cheaper priced blueberry plants anywhere in Perth? I want to add a few to my collection, places like Dawsons have amazing looking plants but can be pretty expensive.

Also, anyone have any tips on propagating cuttings? I've never been good with cuttings but have heard blueberry is fairly easy.
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Julie says...
Dawsons seem to be the only ones who sell Sharpeblue, and yes, a bit pricy. But they seem to have the best flavour, so I'll eventually get one.

I bought two several months ago from Mitre 10, probably same place as Helena - I think around $17-18. Both really well grown plants, Cimax and Denise. Time will tell how good they taste
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Donovan says...
Hi Julie,
Yah I currently have one Sharpe from Dawsons, one of the smaller ones, grown a fair bit in the last year. I also have a couple of Bunnings bought brigettas. I want to buy 3 or 4 more to grow enough to make jam, etc. I want a full on blueberry patch, haha.
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amanda says...
Bunno's also have Denise...I am testing Brigit and Denise also :) Misty is good - I can't tell the difference between my Sharp and Misty berries...

My Nellie Kellie is flowering now - so I will see what that one is like too...it's a "no name" ..?? I can't see a name at least..
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amanda says...
Forgot....Plants Plus in Australind had decent sized b/berry plants at a good price too (around $16)...I don't know if this store is in Perth tho..?
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amanda says...
Perth blueberry fans might want to know that the Denise and Brigitta thatBunnings are currently selling are the High Chill blueberry types...apparently they need 800+ hrs chill...
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Julie says...
amanda, I have tried to research how many chill hours I get here in Roleystone, but didn't come up with anything useful. Any ideas how I could find the info?
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Haakon says...
My understanding is hours under 10C. So if you roughly average the number of nights a year that your location goes under 10C then multiply by say 8 hours you will get a feel. My guess is that Roleystone would get 800+ chill hours, no probs.
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Julie says...
Thanks Haakon. I've been assuming I'm OK, but wanted to find out the figures. Will do the maths.
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Donovan says...
I was expecting a bumper crop this year, have had a couple so far, and came out this morning to fond my usually placid dog had destroyed two of my plants. Aggghhh!!
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Keen says...
I currently have a number of grasshopper like insects on my blueberry plant. The only damage I can see are holes in the flowers, does anyone have any knowledge of these insects. Are they herbivores? Do they pollinate? Are they carnivores?
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Donovan says...
I was just at Masters Home Improvement in Forrestdale today and picked up a couple plants. They have plants in 14cm pots for 12.90 in their flyer, but they didn't have any, just larger ones in 17 cm pots for $20. But because they didn't have the cheaper ones they gave me the larger for the same price. The larger are easily 1/2 to one meter tall and well established. They have brigetta and Denise. You can tell they ship from the eastern states as they are quite dormant while my others at home in Perth are in full bloom.
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Julie says...
Someone must have grown an excess of Brigitta and Denise. They were the main varieties sold in Mitre 10 a while back, for $17.99.

They were quite potbound, but seem to be doing OK.
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amanda says...
Just remember that Denise and Brigitta are High Chill blueberries...My two are not doing much even down here in Bunbury...whereas my Nellie Kelly brand 2yr old baby is going off...?!

There are a few high chill types getting around - it might pay to check the variety b4 u buy...apparently they will still fruit in Perth - but I can't see how you would get as much bang out of them as you would a low chill like Misty or Sharpe..?

Maybe someone else knows...?
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EalaBan says...
Hi Julie, not sure if you are still looking for info on chill hours but I have found this website quite useful for keeping tabs:

http://agspsrv34.agric.wa.gov.au/climate/clig/Climinfo/awsdata/yearchill%5CYTDchill.htm

There isn't a record in your area but it might be safe to say you are getting somewhere in between Medina and Beverley?
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Julie says...
EalaBan, thanks for that. Don't understand R units!

My Denise has been coming into flower for the past couple of weeks, but the Brigitte is only just starting. If they are too far apart, is there any point? How can they help pollination?

I can see that having varieties that fruit over an extended season wil give you fruit for longer. But the recommendation to have at least two is usually about pollination. Maybe they will eventually overlap?

I was at Bunnings last week, and the only ones they had were Brigitte and Denise. People living in warmer areas are going to be disappointed.
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Gus says...
My misty and sharpie are producing bucket loads of fruit that are just starting to ripen. In this mild spring climate the fruit have a long time to ripen and are big, fat and superb. I got them from Dawsons I think? Would definately recommend these two varieties.
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MaryT says...
Julie wouldn't you need both to flower at the same time for pollination? In that case they would also fruit at the same time? Can someone explain the mystery of having to have another variety for pollination?
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amanda says...
Having other varieties improves yield...they will still fruit without - but much better with a friend - the misty and sharp seem to flower at the same time so are good low chill companions - one of my two fruited for much longer tho (can't remember if it was the misty or sharp tho..) the Nellie Kellie brand (don't know what the variety of this one is) flowers around the same time too.

I am wondering if the results with Brigitte and Denise might be patchy due their high chill needs..?
Mine don't even have leaves on themyet Julie..?? A few flowers - but very patchy and not convincing at present...

Dawsons does have Misty and sharpe Gus - that's were I got mine also :)

There are some other types kicking around in smaller nurseries too...
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denise1 says...
I planted 2 recommended cultivars for cross pollenation. They fruited ok for many years. After losing one of them, the other started to have huge crops on its own.
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Julie says...
Not sure about Misty, but Sharpe is only available at Dawsons - lady told me on the phone a few months ago.
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amanda says...
Ah - was wondering why I never see Sharpe anywhere else...bummer - i will have to get more in Perth then...
How easy is it to propogate from cuttings I wonder..??
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Donovan says...
People tell me propgating blueberry cuttings is easy but I've had no luck. Maybe I'm using the wrong canes, old vs New growth.
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lenn says...
People are wrong. Tell people that you need bottom heat (no, you don't sit on it) and misting to strike blue berries.
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I hope the eBay scammer was reported. Such folk should not be allowed to get away with fraud/theft!
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francis says...
When do i prune my 2 year old blurberry
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MJ says...
I've got two misty and two sharpe blueberries. They didn't lose their leaves at all, but are happily flowering away. They're not huge plants, but I actually don't want them to get huge, where they are.

I'm inclined to let them do their own thing. I read somewhere that they're almost evergreen in Perth, so maybe the lack of deciduous-ness isn't an issue.

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MJ says...
Oh, should have said. They're in acidic potting mix in bags, planted into the ground (well, two are, the other two are awaiting sinking...). My soil is too alkaline to convert it into anything useful for blueberries.
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Julie says...
The deciduous aspect may be to do with varieties MJ. My Misty still has all its leaves, but the Denise and Brigitta are pretty bare.

The autumn leaves were not the bright red they were last winter though, maybe not enough cold nights earlier on.
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MJ says...
Hi Julie

That may be the case.

I'd forgotten, but I actually have some blueberries in pots in a different part of the garden which have lost their leaves(they're in shade, though). They've been a waste of space in the garden (probably not the right variety - they were an unnamed variety that I picked up when I didn't know which questions to ask!) so I have ignored them. They'll be going on the verge at the next bulk rubbish collection...

I'm quite excited to see flowers!

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Julie says...
MJ, before you toss them out, why not try putting them near your other blueberries (you said they were in a different place).

They might do better given the chance to pollinate the others, or vice-versa. Just a thought, if you have the space.
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MJ says...
Julie, do you know much about "refurbishing" blueberries?

When they weren't fruiting much, I decided that they must be too high-chill (they were an unnamed variety) and lost interest in repotting them etc when they probably needed it. (Soil is too alkaline to have them in the ground.)

So, they've been neglected for a good few years. Then, when we bulldozed our house, the pots were left at someone else's house for a while, and that person put some kalanchoes into the pots with them. Now they're more kalanchoe than anything else! (The kalanchoe is stunning, though.)

One blueberry plant did produce a little fruit this year - tiny, and sparse, but noticeably blueberries. The plants are also sparse.

This time around, I bought blueberries from a nursery, and got some that are more likely to work in Perth. I got two varieties and have them placed in their complementary pairs in beds. These ones look fabulous - small, still, but flowering and look healthy.

What do you think? Worth trying to save them?

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Julie says...
OK, I didn't realise they had been so negected. Poor plants! So maybe not worth trying to save, especially as you are happy with the new ones.

Time to toss them I think. I guess that's what I'd do.

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MJ says...
It was hard to feel enthusiastic about looking after them when they'd performed so poorly. I figured it served me right, when I'd just bought something locally available, assuming they'd be okay in my climate. I know better now...
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amanda says...
I have two like that MJ - they are on 'notice' ;-)

They are high chill unfortunately - and are sparse - as u have mentioned too...
My other 6 types are low chill and are lush, vigorous and flowering and fruiting even now...
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MJ says...
Good luck with them Amanda. I have found that occasionally a stern talking to and a few threats will do the trick!

Fruiting now! Cool!

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gabs says...
Does anyone have a recommendation for varieties that might do well in the Adelaide Plains? I'm planning on giving a low chill variety a go, but it'd be good if someone else has any feedback?
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Tommoz says...
Biloxi, Misty, O'Neal, Sharpblue, Sunshine Blue, Backyard Blue and Evergreen.

Blueberry burst from PlantNet also looks promising.
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cool, thanks Tommoz
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gabs says...
I've seen the Sunshine Blue (Nellie Kelly and Pick n Eats) around Adelaide, and also Blueberry Burst (double the price). I'm wondering whether it's worth paying for the BB, would love to find out if anyone else in Adelaide has done and whehter it was successful or not?
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vlct says...
My BB is loaded.
Not sure about the taste tho, wait and see.
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Anonymous says...
Mine are loaded too
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MJ says...
Sorry, it said I am anonymous... Am MJ
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vlct says...
It's a southern high bush right ?
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Anonymous says...
Don't know... Misty and Sharpe.
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gabs says...
Mine has started to turn into berries too...looking forward to tasting them. Bought one for my dad for father's day too, so I hope they taste good :D
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MJ says...
Mine are all green. Heavy cropping so far for such tiny plants. If they do well this year I might some more.
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vlct says...
How long do they usually take to ripen.. mine have stayed green for a month now stil no colour change..
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gabs says...
mine are still green too, but slowly swelling.
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MJ says...
My daughter just picked and eaten our first blueberry of the season! I wondered if it had had enough time to sweeten up, but she said it was lovely.

Mine are still in full sun, we haven't yet put up our shade sail for the summer as it is still cool here.
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Anonymous says...
Bought 2 at Bunnings 20 bux a pop.Growing them in 40cm pots 50/50 azalea potting mix, premiun potting mix plus 20 percent sand to prem. pot mix and plus 20 perc chicken manure to whole lot,mulched with leaves .Check ph adjust with sulphur.Yes theyre growing well.Have had them for two months.One plant has 1 blueberry.WOW Im excited.I think Ill have to wait 12 months for larger crop and blueberry pie.
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vlct says...
Heaps of new growth on b.b burst
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starling says...
Lots of new shoots on mine too. Not many berries, but the plants are still small and its probably the first fruit.
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John Mc says...
Are yours in pots starling?
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starling says...
Yep, all three in huge pots.Have them growing in partial shade, tried full sun and they wilted pretty quickly. They like seasol a lot. I disseminated some dynamic lifter with water and gave this mixture to them which brought on a lot of new growth.
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Anonymous says...
The late afternoon sun is an issue here in Adelaide. Mine are shaded from 2pm onwards.Free draining soil holds very little water add heat and they will dry out pretty quickly.I can see I will have to give them a light water everyday thru summer.
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amanda says...
Mine are in the ground - and going great guns...they get heaps of OM and water...plenty of shade and I have just given them some sulphur and iron chelates for spring (although my soil is around pH 6 - 6.5 anyway)
They are in the same bed as my Jaboticabas and so far (1yr on) the partnership is working perfectly...

They like the same conditions I have realised..



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gabs says...
Oh, I had about 5 berries that had turned purple and were like that for a week or so...then I moved it out of the open into the shade as it was 35 one day last week, well that was enough protection for the birds to swoop in! I thought maybe becuase they were still small and close to the ground the birds were too scared, but the protection from the Mandarin tree was enough. I should have just eaten them myself :(

How long do you wait until they are ready from when they turn purple?

vlct good idea with the netting, i'm going to need to do something before the remaining berries change colour...
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vlct says...
I've found you shouldn't have to pull them off when there ready. Theyl fall into your hand when lightly picked. If that makes sense. 7-10 days.
I also read all the ( super food ) side of it, only develops in the last day or Two meaning you
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gabs says...
thanks vlct, i have another hassle with my two year old now pulling them off before they are fully ripe...it's become a new game for him :(

there are still a few left, somehow I have to keep him away from the plant!
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echristian says...
I planted a blueberry bush in the fall near my pond in full sun, (not sure the variety). It produced an absolute TON of medium healthy berries in June. Then nearing the end of the last few ripening it started to wilt. It is now completely dead! Anyone have any idea what could have caused this? The roots are very wet. So much so that in the spring the bush was actually coming up out of about 2 inches of water. I have not tested the soil but just can't believe it could have don so well and then died so fast???
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Julie says...
I believe blueberries need very good drainage, so it sounds like maybe the roots rotted? Just my opinion - I'm no expert. Someone else may have other ideas.

Anyone know how close they need to be for pollination? They don't look like the sort of flower that would attract bees - the wrong shape.
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JohnMc1 says...
It's one thing to give them plenty of water and it's another to let them sit in it. The water must pass right through the root system and get away in a perfectly draining soil/ potting mix. I keep all my Blueberries in large grow bags where I can better control the Ph and water needs.
Julie, bees will pollinate them no worries. My plants have far more berries than the plant can carry.
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sternus1 says...
I'd liek to know what you're mixture is John. Mine are potted in half azalea hafl coarse potting mixed with pine chips mixed through at about 30%. They're doing well, but not producing in abundance.
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Julie says...
Thanks John. They still don't look like bee-attractors to me, but I will take your word for it.

So I guess they don't have to be up too close. Have you seen bees on the flowers?

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Waterfall says...
I have never seen bees on mine but both my Blueberry Burst trees have fruit on them and so does my Blue Rose. I also have a Brigitta and Tifblue which look like they will flower soon.
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vlct says...
I always grow some basil and a few flower species in pots. than I move them around my flowering blueberry plants. There's always a bee on my blueberry flowers..
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16th July 2014 1:43pm
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SMP says...
I just bought my 1st BB plant from Bunnings a rabbiteye/Britewell I was going to pot with Tomato & veg growing mix does any one know if this will be ok. I have read about using Azalea mix but already have the vegy mix. my plant is only small & has some flowers & green berries I believe it could be a good idea to remove these for a year or 2 for better growing & lasting plant. I look forward to someone replying. Thank You
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10th August 2014 2:14pm
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dkatbena says...
I bought 2 blueberry plants in Japan (visit travel) green and blue fruits.I know blueberry thrives in cool climates and I am experimenting if this aricacea can thrive in tropical climate of the Philippines.the temp. Range in 325 m altitude is mild 22 to 30 degrees celcius and during cold months sometimes it ranges from 10/12/15 to 18/23/27 degrees celcius. Flowers developed but failed fruiting.I am looking for local aricacea called vaccilinium rizalense and will try to cross pollinate in order to produce heat tolerant variety of blueberry.
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22nd August 2014 9:38am
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Julie W says...
SMP,I doubt that mix will be acid enough for your plants. As blueberries last for many years, I think it is worthwhile starting them in the right type of soil.

It also may not be free-draining enough - you need some materials in the mix that don't break down too fast.
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sternus1 says...
You can get around the acid problem by simply mixing 50-50 premium potting mix with pine park chips.

All my blueberries are potted this way and are thriving, producing massive abundances of fruit.
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jimmythe morph says...
Nah, nix the suggestion of premium potting mix with pine bark . Chances the success is due to residuals from original potting mix . Aim for pH 4.7 to 5.2 . Use sulphur or coffee and sulphur.
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22nd August 2014 3:19pm
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SMP says...
Thank You all for you help. :) SMP
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29th August 2014 8:26pm
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A.C says...
Ive been growing my blueberry burst in a 50 percent azalea potting mix mixed with 50 percent premium potting mix that has had another 20 percent washed sand added to it from more drainage.I threw in a couple of handfuls of chook manure and mixed the whole lot together.Check Ph of soil before planting out.If you have to lower Ph add sulphur.I have my first crop of berries now ,they are doing well.
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12th September 2014 1:55pm
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Rosebud says...
Wandilla Nurseries also have 'Burst' blueberries now. They are a large fruit and delicious. Grow well here.
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27th June 2015 6:07pm
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SV says...
Is the Blueberry Burst good in flavour? Better than the Misty & Sharpe. Planning to get my first blueberry plants.
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SV says...
Is the Blueberry Burst good in flavour? Better than the Misty & Sharpe. Planning to get my first blueberry plants.
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Sheryl says...
Is the Blueberry Burst good in flavour? Better than the Misty & Sharpe. Planning to get my first blueberry plants.
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