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Old 07-10-2019, 07:31 AM   #901
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Does any grow blueberries? I have two plants in one of my garden beds. I previously had 4 but three died, one survived and one was replaced. The original survivor looks healthy and is quite large and about 5 years old. It has never made fruit though. The second plant is two years old and also looks healthy and might actually produce fruit this year.

Is there anything I should be doing to try to get fruit from my blueberry bush? I use fertilizer and aluminum for acidity and it gets the appropriate amount of water. I'm stumped.
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Old 07-10-2019, 07:34 AM   #902
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No. My wife tried for years. One time she talked to the old guy at the garden centre who knows everything, and he kinda laughed. "No, you can't grow blueberries here. We sell them if you want, but good luck." She bought them anyway, and failed one last time, using every tip in the book.
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Old 07-10-2019, 08:56 AM   #903
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Does any grow blueberries? I have two plants in one of my garden beds. I previously had 4 but three died, one survived and one was replaced. The original survivor looks healthy and is quite large and about 5 years old. It has never made fruit though. The second plant is two years old and also looks healthy and might actually produce fruit this year.

Is there anything I should be doing to try to get fruit from my blueberry bush? I use fertilizer and aluminum for acidity and it gets the appropriate amount of water. I'm stumped.
Blueberries require acidic soil. Virtually all of Calgary has alkaline soil. No go.

A very good alternative is honeyberry (haskap). Tough as nails, you can have ripe berries in June sometimes.
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Old 07-10-2019, 09:42 AM   #904
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Ya, my friend grows those with no problem. Yummy berries.
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Blueberries require acidic soil. Virtually all of Calgary has alkaline soil. No go.

A very good alternative is honeyberry (haskap). Tough as nails, you can have ripe berries in June sometimes.
The acidity is why I use aluminum sulfate. Maybe I don't use enough though? I haven't actually tested the ph of my blueberry bed soil though.

I'll look into those honeyberries though. Maybe it will be a good alternative.
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The acidity is why I use aluminum sulfate. Maybe I don't use enough though? I haven't actually tested the ph of my blueberry bed soil though.

I'll look into those honeyberries though. Maybe it will be a good alternative.
I bought 6 haskaps this spring for my back yard. They seem to be doing well so far, expecting berries in 2 years or so.

Keep in mind you need at least two different types to pollinate. I got 3 Boreal Beauty and 3 Boreal Beast plants.

https://research-groups.usask.ca/fru...ops/haskap.php
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The acidity is why I use aluminum sulfate. Maybe I don't use enough though? I haven't actually tested the ph of my blueberry bed soil though.

I'll look into those honeyberries though. Maybe it will be a good alternative.
There is no hope in getting Calgary's soil acidic enough. The subsoil constantly leeches limestone up. Blueberries prefer a soil pH around 4.5-5, Calgary's is around 8.
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Old 07-10-2019, 01:12 PM   #908
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Even better to stick to fruits/veggies you know they grow commercially nearby. Good indication of what works and what doesn't. Blueberries do fabulous way out east and the west coast, but their climates and soils are so much different than here.

While you seem like a knowledgeable gardener, I always caution people that while the garden centres might sell them, doesn't mean the climate or soil will let it do well.

(looking at you Hydrangeas....)
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Eh there's lots of hydrangeas that do fine here (I have four). You can even grow mopheads here if you have the right exposure. McInnis and Holloway have some beautiful huge ones in front.
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I gave up on blueberries and grow haskups and raspberries instead.
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Eh there's lots of hydrangeas that do fine here (I have four). You can even grow mopheads here if you have the right exposure. McInnis and Holloway have some beautiful huge ones in front.
I figured someone would mention that. I'll concede the point that it's possible (like blueberries are) but it takes such a specific exposure and placement (and over-winter care) that its nearly impossible when compared the sheer volume that garden centres sell.

Same as cedars - I'd suspect less than 5% survive longer than 2 years in Calgary, but you'd think they work great given the volume moved at garden centres.
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The hydrangeas I'm referring to are cultivars of hydrangea paniculata, which are very hardy. Mopheads like "Annabelle" are cultivars of hydrangea arborescens, which are much fussier.

Take a look at ones like 'Firelight', 'Quick Fire', 'Limelight'. These do very well here.
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