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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:07 pm    Post subject: Blueberry fruit tree advice needed Reply with quote

I bought a blueberry fruit tree in Homebase last week and have asked a few people for advice on growing them. Some say they need acidic soil and others say they can be planted straight into the garden soil which to be honest is not very fertile. Also do I need a friend for it,are they like apple trees and need two? Please give me any helpful tips you have as this is my first time growing them and people have their names down already.... Thanks
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far as I know, blueberries need acid soil, which I presume you have in Achill ? Would I be right ?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, they need acid soil, lots of water, and minimal pruning. Add and mulch with lots of ericaceous compost.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes a second plant is preferable and will increase the yield of both plants.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

blueberries do not need another bush for pollination as they are self fertile but need insects to do the pollination, however a second bush planted nearby encourages more insects and so increases pollination activity.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks very much for all your answers and links. I shall find it a new home with its friend(if there are any left tomorrow) on Saturday. Once again Thanks
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I stick chicken manure around my blueberry bushes which I believe is quite acidic and they do very well.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 6:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Blueberry fruit tree advice needed Reply with quote

Loncey wrote:
I bought a blueberry fruit tree in Homebase last week and have asked a few people for advice on growing them. Some say they need acidic soil and others say they can be planted straight into the garden soil which to be honest is not very fertile. Also do I need a friend for it,are they like apple trees and need two? Please give me any helpful tips you have as this is my first time growing them and people have their names down already.... Thanks
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Hi There, I use blood, fish and bone meal and a little extra potash in the spring. Always use rain water to wet up or failing that add 30 mls (6 teaspoons) of vinegar to 6 litres of tap water to wet up. Mulch down with pine needles or used tealeaves or coffee grinds, all of which will maintain correct level of soil acidity as they break down. Penty of water and full sun and it's easy from there. Happy growing
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

while poultry manure may be acidid it is very high in Nitrogen and needs to be balanced up with Potassium (Potash)
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