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Old 05-30-2010, 10:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Picked up my blueberry bushes on Friday. 26 plants in all and 3 Nanchez blackberry plants as well.

Varieties I ended up getting were mostly Emerald and Jewel as well as 5 Windsor bushes.

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Old 05-30-2010, 05:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow, that's awesome... congrats!
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holy crap thats a lot of blueberries! I have 2 bushes, but they dont produce anywhere near that amount! they are a souther verity.....Sharp and another one i think.

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Congratulations! They look incredible [and the blackberries don't look bad, either]. We have a small, potted blueberry bush but nothing like that. Thanks much for sharing the photos. Happy eating!
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Wow, that's Berrilicious Martin :^)
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Mine are just beginning to ripen--my main crop will come in between mid June and mid July. I expect to get around 80 pounds off my bushes this yr.

I have 17 known varieties plus several unknown. I have been wanting to get an Emerald and Jewel.

As for recipes, we eat them fresh every night once they come in--I put a spoonful of blueberry pie filling on top of about a 1/2 cup of fresh berries, a couple spoons of Grape Nuts, whipped cream and then top that with shaved dark chocolate.

I freeze a bunch and then make blueberry wine in winter when it is cooler.
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Just a reminder, we have a section for recipes (other than banana recipes):

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Wow that's awesome, 80lbs. I hope to get enough bushes to get that much one day. How many plants do you have in total?

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Mine are just beginning to ripen--my main crop will come in between mid June and mid July. I expect to get around 80 pounds off my bushes this yr.

I have 17 known varieties plus several unknown. I have been wanting to get an Emerald and Jewel.

As for recipes, we eat them fresh every night once they come in--I put a spoonful of blueberry pie filling on top of about a 1/2 cup of fresh berries, a couple spoons of Grape Nuts, whipped cream and then top that with shaved dark chocolate.

I freeze a bunch and then make blueberry wine in winter when it is cooler.
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There are about 35 bushes at my place over in AL, but they are various sizes. Most of the 17 named varieties are only about 3 to 4 ft tall, although a couple are over 6 ft. The majority of my bigger bushes are an unknown variety I got from my wife's dad--most of them are at least 6 ft an some over 8 ft and the limbs are starting to bend over--there are green berry clusters that will fill your hand--I can't wait until they get ripe!. I picked about a cup full off of my Becky Blue and a few berries off Premier and Climax just yesterday.
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How long does it usually take for blueberries to get to start making fruits? I just planted a lot of these guys. What kind of fertilizers will help them speed up their growth? I'm hoping for these guys to get big enough to make fruit the year after next year. I'll probably water them with willow tea just to get them well rooted for the rest of this year.

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How long does it usually take for blueberries to get to start making fruits? I just planted a lot of these guys. What kind of fertilizers will help them speed up their growth? I'm hoping for these guys to get big enough to make fruit the year after next year. I'll probably water them with willow tea just to get them well rooted for the rest of this year.
Get a pH probe and check the soil pH regularly for awhile. Looking at your plants, it appears you have the southern type(s) so maintain a soil pH of about 5.8 to 6.0. There are many products for acid-loving plants that will be suitable. What you need to avoid are fertilizers and soil amendments that contain significant amounts of nitrogen in the nitrate form.

For your current needs, you can find a 30-10-10 formula labeled "Soil Acidifier" from several manufacturers. Then switch to an Azalea bloom formula such as 14-18-14 for berry production.
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Oh how I love blueberries! Great shots, guys!


Getting some shrubs next year that are everbearing and will produce all Summer and Fall long!!!


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I'm jealous. Only the southern highbush cultivars will produce in warmer winter areas (USDA zones 8b - 10) and so we are limited to spring through early summer harvests.
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These are supposed to be a mixture of northern and southern highbush varieties and I plan on applying a layer of pine mulch once they get a bit taller. As far as winter protection, I don't think that should be an issue for the ones that are only hardy to zone 7 since this area is fairly well protected from the wind and snow tends to drift there and my larger blueberry bushes didn't get fazed by last winter at all.
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These are supposed to be a mixture of northern and southern highbush varieties and I plan on applying a layer of pine mulch once they get a bit taller. As far as winter protection, I don't think that should be an issue for the ones that are only hardy to zone 7 since this area is fairly well protected from the wind and snow tends to drift there and my larger blueberry bushes didn't get fazed by last winter at all.
The northern blueberry species and european species require a pH below 5.5, preferably around 5.2. The southern highbush and rabbit-eye hybrids will not tolerate this, they function well at a pH of about 5.8 to 6.0. Both of them will rapidly decline in the presence of too much nitrogen in the Nitrate form.
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Since that picture, I have added about 1 inch of pine bark pellets all around and a pretty strong dosage of sulfur through the entire barriered area to hopefully drop the PH down to those levels since PH here is slightly alkaline.

I plan on waiting a few days for them to get comfortable in their new home and then start adding some organic fertilizers such as milorganite or any other organic pelleted fertilizers which should not be harmful. I'll probably get some blueberry specific fertilizers once they get a little bigger.
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My friend in the master gardeners grows blueberries here and I have some potted ones for sale. I'm just growing them like he told me to. He told me the easy way to grow them here. I don't change the ph of the soil at all, I just add ironite whenever the new growth lightens up a little, indicating that they need iron.Mulch under them real well with mulch after you plant them and grow them fairly moist.
I've even picked a few berries off my potted plants I just got in this spring. We have Blueray, bluecrop and tophat dwarf. Northern types.
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Note that before Ironite was bought out a decade ago, the formula was 12% Iron. Now the package sold out here has a scant 1.5%. What does yours say?
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If the plants are started with mycorrhiza, and fertilized organically, they will be able to use the available iron much more efficiently.
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