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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 10:31 am    Post subject: :( Dog sat on my new blueberry plant Reply with quote

Just wanted to have a little whinge.

Found my new blueberry plant flattened by my dog's butt this morning Sad

One little twig with buds (about a third of the original plant) left.

I was only lovingly watering them last night.

Wondering whether to invest in another (blueberry plant, not dog... though ....). Kicked dog in the bum. Grrr.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it happened at a good time as the growth has just started and i think your plant will probably survive and might be as good as a good pruning keep the soil acidic no lime only ericaceous compost, sawdust and woodchips.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that positive note and advice. The little hairy so-and-so went and sat on my *other* blueberry bush after I wrote my previous post!

I've save both flattened plants. One is looking like it still has growth. The other is looking less promising but I'll chop it back and see how it goes.

In the meantime I've invested in two new plants so if all survive I'll have a bumper crop of blueberries.

All plants are snuggled into ericaseous compost with a bark mulch.

Speaking of crops, I've been reading that it can take up to 5 years for blueberries to fruit. 5 years from when? Will I have to wait 5 years for mine to fruit? I bought my plants from B&Q and they're about 1 foot tall by 1 foot wide with an eventual height and spread of 2-4 feet.
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