July 25, 2010 at 3:33 am #252766
Hey folks. I’ve just come back from holidays, and the two blueberry plants I have, well, look dead. They didn’t get much (any) water during the month I was away, but it wasn’t hot. It’s been really quite cold here in Perth over the last couple of months, though, so I’m not entirely sure they’re actually dead.
I know blueberries in Canada are covered in snow for a good five or six months of the year, so hopefully they are just dormant. They are completely leafless, dead looking. I haven’t pulled them out just in case.
So my question is: Do blueberries go dormant like this in winter? If I give them fertiliser and water when things warm up, will they recover?July 25, 2010 at 4:27 am #472298
They sure do go dormant, plus they need a good few sub- zero nights to get a good flowering in spring. Give em a good feed late winter / early spring and they’ll shoot back. I protect mine in September when flowers and shoots emerge from frosts.July 25, 2010 at 6:34 am #472299
Mine look half dead too – but I knew they go dormant. What I am worried about is they seem to have flower buds already – while I’m new to the area I’m pretty sure there are still frosts to come. I just checked and some buds look to have opened. Locals have said its been a warm winter so maybe they are confused? Ah well have to wait and see if any fruit sets – I hope yours burst back into life.July 25, 2010 at 8:59 am #472300
I am in Perth too, and mine are leafless and stalky! Mind you, this week they have just started to bud up and there looks like life in them again!July 25, 2010 at 9:51 am #472301
A few weeks ago we had sticks. Now we have sticks with more flowers than leaves. Not sure if this is good or not but we are glad they didn’t die over winter. I’m doubly glad that it appears to be kinda normal.July 25, 2010 at 5:50 pm #472302
The Good WifeMember
I was down at my garden centre today & they have lovely looking Blueberry plants, with heaps of flowers and tiny fruit beginning to form. Is this too early?
I’m thinking of grabbing a couple or 4 and seeing how they go after I prepare a place to put them.July 25, 2010 at 9:20 pm #472303
thats interesting cos my one plant has had flowers on it for weeks- which it has never done before at this time of year. didn’t lose it’s leaves this year either. i was wondering what was going on. climate change?:jawdrop:July 26, 2010 at 8:03 am #472304
Interesting. I read online that blueberries aren’t supposed to fruit for their first couple of summers, but both mine did the same spring that I got them from Bunnings. Mind you, they may have been a few years old by that stage anyway.
They’re still twiggy here, but my grandmother pointed out that the sticks are still green, so I guess they’re ok. I’ll have to see in spring!August 22, 2010 at 1:38 am #472305
I am in perth 2 my blueberries are the same. I got told to take some cutting’s (by a lady in the nursery part of mazzega’s)from mine at the end of the season which I did and they seem to be going fine can not wait to see how they go this spring. If all goes well will do it again and hopefully have quite a few blueberries going. Yummy:lol:
blueberry jam mmmmmmAugust 28, 2010 at 11:40 am #472306
I noticed this afternoon, that one of my blueberry plants has started to sprout a couple of leaves! So i might get some acidic soil fertalizer tomorrow for them. Anyone know of a good companion plant for blueberries?August 28, 2010 at 2:42 pm #472307
Wow that’s interesting… I’m down Freo way, and mine didn’t lose their leaves at all this winter, and they’ve been covered in flowers for the last few weeks.
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.