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Nellie Kelly Blueberry

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au0rey starts with ...
Hi all, I want to have a blueberry plant in my garden and saw the Nellie Kelly ones in Bunnings.

Anyone has any experience growing it? I wonder how the berries are as there is not much description about them.

Are they large? Are very sweet? ARe they productive? I am in Victoria. I reallly hate those sour and tiny ones sometimes I bought from supermarkets...

Would appreciate any advice and comments. Thanks!
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Brad says...
https://www.daleysfruit.com.au/forumsearch/?q=kelly+blueberry and hit "search the forum"
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Julie says...
My first blueberry was a Nelly Kelly. It fruited well, but I wasn't impressed with the flavour. Fruit wasn't very large also, and I did feed it well.
Next time I want Sharpe blue and/or Misty.
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Brad says...
I have Sharpe and Misty if you want to try cuttngs
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au0rey says...
Thanks Brad, I have read up the link.

Thanks Julie for your comments! The label states that Nellie Kelly's blueberry is best domestic blueberry and that's very much it. I hate sour blueberries. And it seems that larger berries tend to be sweeter.

Brad, I am in Victoria. How can I get hold of your cuttings? You may like to email me au0rey@hotmail.com and let me know the details and cost...Thanks!
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Julie says...
Brad, thanks for the offer. Someone (?) asked ages ago if anyone had good results from cuttings, but I don't think there was a reply. Made me think it might not be too easy.

Have you tried?

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Brad says...
@julie : Its something I've only intended to try but I see no reason they should be difficult.
New blueberry plants are grown from small cuttings taken from established bushes. These cuttings are planted in trays filled with nutrient rich soil to enhance their growing potential. For the first couple of months, the cuttings bask in the warmth and humidity of fog houses which support strong root growth. http://www.australianblueberries.com.au/discover_blueberries.php

@au0rey - its probably not worth the expense getting these from WA. you can probably grow some higher chill varieties in Melbourne that will taste better than Nelly Kelly.

Does anyone in Melbourne (or near) want to try start some cuttings for Au0rey?
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sserendipityy says...
Hi, i am no whizz gardener but I did learn propogating while doing some horticulture study in the early nineties.

I recently tried to strike a cutting of blueberry and it has nearly completely died. The leaves have completely browned and curled up so no area for photosynthesis to take place but the stem looks good so i have left it to see what happens.

I've got to say I didn't research it much before I began - like best time of year, best bushes (i took my cutting of a small newly purchased plant)etc etc.

I followed one lot of instructions i got from the web somewhere.

I used half and half seed raising mix and peat (for the acid content), kept it moist and in only part sun but still i think it will die. All part of the fun.

I won't be giving up though as plants are wanting to be multiplied, we the gardeners just have to find the conditions that will enable it.
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au0rey says...
I guess I just have to wait till some nurseries sell again. Perhaps I will try Diggers when they are available. And I think I am not getting those Nellie Kelly ones afterall. :)
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Julie says...
Brad, did the info you quoted say what was the best time of year to root cuttings?
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Mia says...
At just 45 calories per 100 grams, or about 71 calories per cup, tiny, potent Wild Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants and pack a serious nutritional punch for every calorie consumed. Wild Blueberries are also an excellent source of manganese (200% of your daily value
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Julie says...
We don't have wild blueberries in Australia.
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jakfruit etiquette says...
And that explains a lot of whats gone wrong.
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Rasilon says...
I have had a Nelly Kelly for 4 years now growing in a 40cm terracotta pot I mixed my soil using water beads to maintain some moisture and used an acid soil I also sit the pot in a waterdish if this dries out I water the plant straight away i only use rainwater as well so I am not getting concentrated chemicals from the town supply . when flowers start I fertilize with Thrive every third week and seaweed extract once a month I always get around 3kg through the season and prune back by 1/3 after the crop has finished. I also made a wooden frame with bird netting on it as some birds seem to not only like but mark the fruit with their beaks presumably tasting for the sweetest. The fruit are over a centimetre in size and very sweet I normally harvest early in the morning to maximise juice. Hope this is helpful. Ps coffee grounds also help maintain acidic soil.
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Hey_alex says...
I have been very impressed by my nelly kelly which is growing in a pot... When it fruits they are the sweetest and largest blueberries I have ever tasted and the bush is covered with them. Also have a sharpe blue but it's berries are mostly much smaller and more sour... Might just be my area but a much better experience with the nelly kelly
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