Posted: 16/09/2012 at 12:07
I have grown blueberries sucessfully in non ericaceous soil for many yers, in our fruit cage. When we bought them we dug out a large hle, filled it with eriaceous compost and some local soil, and every year I mulch with ericaceous compost, plus watering with a suitable fertiliser now and again. This is not exactly growing without ericaceous soil, but the point is that if you want to grow them in the ground, and yours is unsuitable, it can still be done well. All 3 of our shrubs fruit well, bar this year when only one is doing so but this is such a peculiar year for so many things that I am not particularly bothered by that. The one that is fruiting has huge blue berries that are delicious. Whatever way you gow them, do go for it, they really are one of the best soft fruits, and seem impervious to cold.