Another blueberry - thru the year

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Another blueberry - thru the year

Post  JimLewis on Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:00 pm

Someone on another thread expressed a wish to see a blueberry in leaf, with flowers and fruit and with fall color. This tree is nowhere near as nice as Jay's, but . . . .

1. This spring.



2. This summer.



3. This morning.



I thought I'd shown this tree earlier this year, but couldn't find it.

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Post  JudyB on Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:32 pm

How do you find these in pot culture? Difficult or easy? The berries are in such good proportion, and good fall color, seems like a winning combo.

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Post  JimLewis on Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:43 pm

Like most acid loving plants they like a bit of room for their roots, so I tend to overpot. Otherwise fine. Biggest problem with blueberry is arrow-straight branches that do NOT bend when t6hey get woody. So wire early.

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Post  JudyB on Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:09 pm

Would this plant be better with a clip and grow routine? I have some I could collect, but don't know if they'd be worth the trouble. The wild cherries, certainly have not been worth it.

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Post  JimLewis on Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:23 pm

I think wiring when still green would be better. The new growth is just too straight; the clipped branches would look awkward.

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Post  JudyB on Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:41 pm

Thank you, will give one a shot next season.

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Post  Gary Swiech on Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:58 pm



Thanks for the Images.

I have a 2 Blueberries growing in the garden. I certainly have to try a Blueberry Bonsai after seeing yours. I really like it and thanks for the tips.

I'll try a local garden center in the Spring and see if I can find one with green wood.

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Post  JimLewis on Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:43 am

Thanks for the Images.

I have a 2 Blueberries growing in the garden. I certainly have to try a Blueberry Bonsai after seeing yours. I really like it and thanks for the tips.

I'll try a local garden center in the Spring and see if I can find one with green wood.

You'll probably have to cut a nursery plant WAY back and more or less start from scratch.

Or, you could do as I did, and be a little slow in stopping your lawn tractor when mowing around the established blueberry patch. Wife (who dotes on blueberries) was NOT amused.

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Another blueberry

Post  bonsaisr on Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:55 pm

When planting a new blueberry in the ground, be sure to put it in an old birdcage or build a little fence around it. The rabbits will eat it alive. My older bushes are naked about 18 inches down.
Iris

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Post  Jay Wilson on Sat Nov 03, 2012 2:07 am

Thanks Jim, I had forgotten how nice they look in the different seasons!

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Post  JimLewis on Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:17 pm

A few days later . . .


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Post  Jay Wilson on Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:40 pm

Wow! Mine rarely get such nice color.

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Another blueberry

Post  bonsaisr on Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:23 am

In order to get good fall color, aside from genetics, the tree should be in full sun and exposed to a significant drop in temperature at night. You probably won't succeed in Florida except with special cultivars bred for highly colored foliage.
Bonsai are frustrating. I usually can't get good fall color on my trident and American red maple. However, my daphne spirea (S. japonica 'Alpina,') is gorgeous red-purple.
Iris.

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