Sticking with a good thing – Blueberries in Sydney

10 Jun

After last year’s roaring success with my 2 Nellie Kelly blueberries, I concluded that I really had to expand my collection. So when Daley’s announced a ‘buy 3 and get one free’ special on blueberries, I really couldn’t resist.

I ordered 4 different varieties – Misty, Brightwell, Biloxi and Legacy. These will join my two Nellie Kelly (Sunshine Blue variety) plants, bringing my total to six.

I am hoping that by having a number of different types it will extend my harvesting season.  I have also read that having multiple varieties improves the yield on each plant. I can’t say I was having much trouble on that front, because it looked to me like almost every flower yielded fruit, but I guess more cross-pollination can’t hurt.

Being no blueberry expert, I will stick with my tried and tested formula for success with my other 2 plants:

  • Self-watering pot
  • Azalea potting mix (more acidic)
  • Occasional feed with dynamic lifter
  • Mulched well

I’ve recently moved the blueberries to the front yard where they will get full sun instead of half-shade, but I can only imagine that that is a positive thing.

Now to find some self-watering pots of the right size to plant them in.  And I’m also keen to try propagating some more plants from cuttings, but I’ve heard that that is easier said than done. I love a challenge.

5 Responses to “Sticking with a good thing – Blueberries in Sydney”

  1. Barbara Good June 10, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    I love your collection there L. I only have one blueberry plant which looks like it will do well this year (it had two berries in its first year which I dutifully sacrificed). I’m on the look out for more, there’s a blueberry man at the farmer’s markets I’ve been going to and every week I say if I have the money at the end I’ll buy a plant and then I see more goat’s cheese or bacon and blow my dosh. Next time perhaps, or maybe I should just take more money. Considering your success I’ll follow your lead when I do finally get one.

  2. Liz June 11, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    I bought my first 3 blueberry plants earlier this year – I am really looking forward to seeing how they do. Not sure that I’ll have Barbara’s self control if they do set any fruit this year though.

  3. Louise June 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    Ooh, good on you…I kind of fancy growing berries, I have a hankering for raspberries at present, maybe I need to find a spot in the patch. I don’t eat blueberries much, I find the shop ones a little flavourless, are the home grown flavoursome?

    • Peter October 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

      agree about the supermarket blueberries – totally tasteless. We harvested our first crop last year, each one like a little sugar bomb – totally different flavour to the commericial stuff.
      Sadly the plants looking a bit sick atm, could be the weather – quite a cold Winter. But fed them up with Thrive Fruit/ Flower, should help things along.


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