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07/02/2013 at 11:21

 I got a pair of Blueberry bushes for my birthday end of last month (from Gluttenous Gardener) and they are currently dormant and in little Terrocotta Pots.

 I'm currently debating whether to repot them both into large pots, or to plant them into the ground? I can see a clear advantage in using large pots, as I can bring them near the house in the colder months, as well as experiment with locations for them, but wanted to hear all your thoughts on the matter.

07/02/2013 at 11:25

Pots is my preferred choice-in ericaceous compost-unless you soil is very acidic- they do not need a lot of feeding either-or protection from the cold-completely hardy

07/02/2013 at 11:54

I've been debating growing blueberries in a raised ericaceous bed that needs replanting, but it's at the back of the garage and gets very little sun. Will blueberries thrive in the shade?

07/02/2013 at 11:57

Mine have to be in pots due to my soil type and it's quite handy to be able to try them in different places to see what they prefer. They had a year on the patio - West facing and sun for half the day in summer - and a year down in the veg/fruit area where they get a bit more sun and dappled shade. If I had the right soil I would ultimately plant them in the garden so they could spread their roots out a bit, I'm not sure I'll be able to deal with ever larger pots!

07/02/2013 at 12:12
Marygold wrote (see)

I've been debating growing blueberries in a raised ericaceous bed that needs replanting, but it's at the back of the garage and gets very little sun. Will blueberries thrive in the shade?

Like all fruit-do better in the sun-I dont think thrive is the correct term-they will probably produce something but later that usual.

07/02/2013 at 12:26

I have 3 in pots of ericaceous compost. I have ahd them outside greenhouse on patio, currentlt htey are in the makings of a fruit garden but will move them if it doesn't suit them.

07/02/2013 at 17:19
Blueberries need moist acid soil. If your garden doesn't provide this then pot up into ericaceous compost. It's wise to have 2 or. 3 varieties in order to spread out fruiting period. Partial shade but not too much shade.
07/02/2013 at 17:50

Just a word of warning about watering blueberries in pots - they need rain water.  Tap water makes their leaves go alarmingly yellow (or it did mine !).  I use water from the butts for them now.

07/02/2013 at 18:37

Agree with all the above.  Unless you have naturally acid soil which never dries out, largish pots of ericacous compost placed where they will get plenty of sun and watering only with rainwater is what will give the best results.

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