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Loncey
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 6:38 pm    Post subject: Blueberry bushes but no fruit Reply with quote

I have 3 blueberry bushes side by side for 3yrs now or so but yet they dont have fruit. They flower nicely but no fruit. One of them has grown alot and one of them is mostly wood truth be told,the middle one is the same. Am I doing anything wrong with them? I trim the dead woody branches and the odd bloom but no fruit. When will it get fruit? I dont eat them now but I know people who do.
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Loncey, I"ve just planted 3 blueberrys myself, Instructions were- Must be peaty soil, (They hate limey soil) have to be pollinated by another, My 3 are early, middle and late fruiting, (Don"t know if that makes any difference) and trees should be kept to 6to8 canes, cutting old woody ones. Don"t know if that helps. Does anyone know how old they have to be to fruit?
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used compost with John Imes and they are close to each other so maybe I should move them a bit.. I dont know how long it takes for a plant to fruit but I think they are 3yrs now....
(That your dog in picture? I have a 11mth German Shepherd called Sudden)

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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HI
Go to the top of the page in the search panel type in Blueberries,
Make sure you click the button gardenplansireland and you will get four or more pages on questions on blueberries.
Im of the opinion you need to plant them on a raised bog with high PH otherwise your only trying your patience and wasting your money, now I bet loads will respond saying I had the bigggest blueberries and the best tarts etc etc....
Buy a raised bog from BNM and start again.
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blueberries should fruit in their second to third year. They should have a low pH soil not high. Even if pollination takes place the frost may have done some harm. A pruned bush fruits later than an unpruned one.
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

opps your right acid soil has low ph eg raised big.
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Loncey, Re german Shepherd in picture, No, thats not my dog, I took that picture from this site, although I do have a german Shepherd named Tarka. Hope you took Greengages advice re Blueberrys, in search. Lots of information and tips there, good luck. Mihael knows his stuff.
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

this cold weather is driving me mad, cannot work in the garden , no growth, no problems to answer on the gardeners forum, life seems to be at a standstill. I come in from the garden and hope there is some problem in the forum to keep me going but in vain. I like being in the glasshouse but I cannot stay there all day. I am trying to forecast the likely fruit crops, strawberries look good, raspberries and loganberries fair, blackcurrants poor, red currants poor, plums will have 7 or eight, apples too early to know. Onions and potatoes doing well, lettuce and tomatoes very slow.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with you Michael, it's as if we're in suspended animation ( though the weeds keep growing ) and it's made worse with the whole country holding its breath waiting to see what will happen to us all in Europe. We would be better able to cope with all those worries if the weather warmed up and we kept ourselves busy in our gardens. These are strange and difficult times indeed.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

our blueberry bushes have very few leaves this year, and the flowers could probably be counted on the fingers of two hands. i don't know what's different this year; last year they did OK, albeit not brilliantly.

and the weather is a pain; i'm getting married in a garden party in a few weeks, and the garden doesn't look nearly as well as it should, despite all our work.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a hint on the met eireann site this morning that the weather may look more hopeful next week. Lots of sun here in Wexford by the way, and I can't believe how dry the soil is in places.Very strange.
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