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Blueberries in containers: What mix do you use?

Posted by prestons_garden 9B SZ 22 HZ 6 SoC (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 31, 11 at 19:51

Since the day I started gardening for a hobby, Blueberries was on the top of my list to learn how to grow them.

I can remember the first blueberry I got dried up and died, so everyone gathered around and payed their respects. Although not an enormous crowd, I couldn't help but feel guilty. I soon wanted another shot at the Blueberries.


I use a mix of pumice, peat moss, mulch, elemental sulfur and organic fertilizer. So far, this combination has worked very well for me as long as the Ph is in the 4.5-5.8 range.

Here is a pic of my favorite Blueberry, a "Sharpblue Blueberry".

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If you care to help others, please let us know what has or has not worked for you growing Blueberries.

Thanks,
Ron


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RE: Blueberries in containers: What mix do you use?

When I started my container blueberries last year, I put them in a simple mixture of Miracle Grow and Peat Moss, 50-50. They've grown very well, and are already flowering again this year. Had good harvests all summer long last year. They're almost big enough for me to put out in the yard now (maybe next year).

Generally I find that the less I do when messing around with soils, the better my results. Most I plan on doing to them this year is mix up some liquid fruit/veggie food for them.


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I would have thought the 511 without the lime would work well with blueberries. As Al suggested, a bit of calcium sulphate would be a good addition to the mix.

I would like to know though, what nutrients should I use? At my local garden centre I saw nutrients designed for ericaceous plants and it makes me wonder, do I need to use these special ericaceous nutrients on my blueberries? Can't I just use my organic fish emulsion fertilizer?


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25% azalea soil
75% peat moss
and top off with pine bark mulch

what's pumice??


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charleslou23,

Pumice is a volcanic rock which has many different uses.


Here is a link that will tell you more about pumice. Visit Pumice


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I have a potted blueberry that is doing great! I potted it last year in Miracle Gro potting soil and fertilized it throughout the growing season with the liquid feed Miracle Gro that attaches to the hose. I grew very nicely and is budding up and starting to leaf out for me this year. I am a newbie at container gardening, especially with fruits. Do I need to get a second blueberry bush in order to get berries this year?


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Edymnion,

What kind of miracle grow? Just regular potting soil?


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  • Posted by jenn SoCal 9/19 (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 13, 11 at 9:47

We grow three (all southern highbush = low-chill varieties) in 5-gallon plastic pots filled with a mix of shredded bark (very small pieces) a lot of peat (I can't remember the ratio), and some perlite. One (Sunshine Blue) was rescued from our alkaline soil and potted last year, and the others (Bountiful Blue) were planted this spring. All seem to be doing very well, producing lots of berries and healthy foliage.

I would like to re-pot them next spring into large half-barrels with a wider space for them to grow.


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  • Posted by fruitnut Z7_4500ft elev SW TX (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 13, 11 at 10:37

I've done well with a mix of course wood shavings and spaghum peat moss. Here's a picture of the mix.

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Plants just starting.

2010 blueberries

Here's the best blueberry I've ever grown by a huge margin, Sweetcrisp. Picture is one year after prior picture.

2011 Sweetcrisp

Here's a 7 year old Star that yielded more than 15 lbs this year and has never been repotted. It's been in a 15 gal pot 7 years.

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My best advice is get a Sweetcrisp. It's like a whole different fruit. Very sweet and amazingly crisp. All other blueberries I've tried, about 30 cultivars, are like mush by comparison.


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I was going to start my own post, but decided to just reply here. Hope you guys can help!

So I bought this legacy blueberry plant at Whole Foods, it was the last one, and just needed a little "TLC" they said.


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Here are my questions:

Does this look right, as a blueberry plant should look? The stems seem a little weak.

Do I need to stake it to get it growing upright?

Should I cut anything back to get it growing right?

Oye, any help is appreciated!


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  • Posted by fruitnut Z7_4500ft elev SW TX (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 13, 11 at 15:42

Rachel:

I won't cut anything back but it won't be wrong to do so. Do pinch out the tips of any new growth after about 6 new leaves. This will cause 2-3 branches where there was one and help stiffen the plant.

If you fertilize regularly in small amounts, strong new shoots will arise from the crown of the plant. Pinch these back also to encourage branching. Fruit next year will be near the ends of this years final growth. You don't want that so floppy that the fruit hangs on the ground.


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Fruitnut ~
What kind of wood is in the course wood shavings? Pine bark?

Thanks in advance
Stacy


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FruitNut, what do you use to feed your blueberries? I can't even believe the growth you achieved in only one year. I'm new to blueberries. I'm going to grow some in pots after having unsuccessfully grown in my yard. Is the wood shavings something you can buy in the gardening area of home improvement stores? I've never seen it. What's the ratio of peat moss to wood shavings? And is there nothing else in the mixture like soil or potting mix? Thanks!!


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You 'might' get faster answer from FruitNut over on the Fruits forum. Here's a link to a thread that has more about the feeding.

http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/fruit/msg0414483114090.html?19


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Here's another pic that should be on the first post, but no edit option.

Sharblue with my number 1 helper.

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This post was edited by prestons_garden on Wed, Mar 20, 13 at 0:55


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