B.D. asks from Pittsburgh, PA on September 16, 2011
Blueberry Plant ?
I am in the North East and the nights are getting cold so I'm sure first frost is around the corner. I bought a blueberry plant which I have in a pot. Not that I know anything about gardening but I assume it is a younger plant that hasn't produced any fruit. So my question is, should I bring it in the house over the winter or is the frost supposed to zap it and it will come back? TIA
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Thanks everyone for the great information.
When I bought these plants they were on clearance at Lowes. They were two different varieties but looked a little sad. One appears to be thriving but the other looks like a dead stick in the the soil. (They share the same pot.) I suppose next year I should buy another plant for cross pollination purposes but I can't really say I know which variety made it. Sometimes I think I should leave the growing to others :-)
PS What is the best, inexpensive way to check the soil's acidity?
B.C. answers from Norfolk on September 16, 2011
Blueberry plants need a cold spell over the winter in order to produce flowers/fruit the next year.
Some varieties need longer periods of cold than others.
Many blueberries (not all) need to be cross pollinated to get fruit, so you might need more than one bush.
They like acid soil (mulch with peat moss), fertilize with Miracle-Gro for acid loving plants (azalea food works well), and plant it someplace where it will get full sun and adequate water.
This is a great site for blueberry information:
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B.C. answers from Los Angeles on September 16, 2011
Most blueberries need another blueberry plant for cross polination in order to get fruit or larger fruit. If you do research on line you can find the info you need.
Stark Bros nursery is a good place to go with your questions and to see if your blueberry needs a pollinator.
Ortho puts out a real good book on how to grow fruit and berries.
Good luck to you and yours.
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M.M. answers from Washington DC on September 16, 2011
Blueberries can withstand cold so it should be OK.
I think they need the cold anyway, like Paper Birch and raspberries.
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D.B. answers from Charlotte on September 16, 2011
At the point that you DO start getting fruit, BD, make sure you get a netting to put over them, or the birds will eat your blueberries before you even get a chance to sample them~
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