Top Questions About Blueberry Bushes

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Questions About Blueberry Bushes

Asked by
Anonymous on
February 26, 2011

Q. Fertilizers

What kind of fertilizer do I need to buy for my blueberry bushes? They have been planted for three years and have not produced many berries. Read that they need acid soil, how do I get this?

Answered by
Heather on
February 27, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 4, 2011

Q. Pruning Old Blueberry Bush

Moved into present location 1 1/2 years ago. It has two very old blueberry bushes. They are very bushy and one is about 8-10 feet tall. I have pruned out the old stuff. They have some new canes, very tall. Can I cut the very tall older canes and the newer canes that have buds on them back to 5-6 feet tall without killing the plant? I would like to also get some berries this year if possible.

Answered by
Nikki on
March 7, 2011
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You can cut back the plant, but I would not do so all at once. Every year, cut back no more than 1/3 of the oldest canes, until you have got the plant back to a manageable size. Here is more information on pruning blueberries:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/blueberries/blueberry-plant-pruning.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 5, 2011

Q. Blackberries vs. Raspberries

Can I plant blackberries in the same vicinity as raspberries? Can I also plant grapes and blueberries in the same vicinity as the other berries?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 7, 2011
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You can as long as they are all domesticated varieties and certified virus free. Do not plant wild varieties of any kind of berry near domesticated ones as the wild varieties may carry diseases.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 13, 2011

Q. Blueberry Rooting

Can you root a piece taken from the blueberry plant by just putting the end in water?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 14, 2011
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Yes, you can do this. You will have more success with putting the cutting in moist soil, but water will work more often than not.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 30, 2011

Q. Blueberry Watering

How often should a very small blueberry plant be watered? We just planted it today.

Answered by
Nikki on
March 31, 2011
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I would water it daily for at least two weeks, to help it get established. After that, make sure it gets 2" of water a week.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 5, 2011

Q. Fertilizer for Blueberries

We have a half dozen blueberry bushes and want to fertilize them. What should we purchase? Is there something locally available in the Rockford, IL area?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 6, 2011
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You want a high acid fertilizer. Fertilizers sold for azaleas or holly shrubs will work well. While I cannot name a brand I know will be sold in your area, I am confident that there will be one of the fertilizers I mentioned at your local nursery store.

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Asked by
eyesareup on
April 7, 2011

Q. Blueberries

When do the following blueberry plants bear fruit (i. e. early, mid summer, late) in northern IL: Arandrano, Bluecrop, Elliot and Northland. Thank you

Answered by
Heather on
April 10, 2011
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Bluecrop and Northland will ripen before the Elliot. The first two should be ripe around late July or early September and Elliot should be ripe by mid August to September. As for the Arandrano variety, I am unfamiliar with that one and would not be able to tell you when it ripens.

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