Posts Tagged ‘fruit’

Blueberry mishap.

I re-potted my blueberry bush this morning and may have discovered why it hasn’t flourished.

This is a “Top Hat” blueberry bush I sent off for from either Kitchen Garden or Grow Your Own magazine.  It was free but you had to pay P+P.  When it arrived in March I potted it into ericaceous compost (they need acid soil) mixed with a bit of garden soil and left it be.  I try to water it from the water butt but sometimes I do put the hose on it which isn’t recommended because of the more alkaline tap water and chlorine.

It hasn’t really developed any new growth and the old growth is spindly and pretty sad looking.

So I decided to repot it in case the pot wasn’t large enough.  In doing this I discovered that the drainage holes were blocked so no water was draining out and the soil was all a bit claggy.  The original root ball hadn’t developed any new roots, so I teased the old ones out a bit and put it into a larger pot with just the ericaceous compost this time, no garden soil.

I don’t know if I’ve done the right thing or if the water-logging was the problem, but I’ll see what happens.

Oooo, and I got an email this morning from SimplySeeds to say my onion sets, garlic bulbs, pea and cabbage seeds are being sent today!