BigBill said:You killed it by using vinegar. Why are you using vinegar?
jensjiffy73 said:LOL yummy! BigBill. I wasn't suggesting that vinegar was an answer. I was suggesting that SilverShrub didn't understand what she needed to acidify her soil. And good drainage is paramount because blueberries naturally grow in acidic moist woodsy edges. (Or at least the edges is where they bloom and make fruit). Blueberry plants will drown and die if they do not have proper drainage. They tend to be more shallow rooted and like lots of leaf compost.
Garden sulfur helps lower soil pH. I suggest you google how to grow blueberries, SiverShrub.
Weedwhacker said:Unfortunately, there is all kinds of "information" on the internet about using vinegar in the garden...
Whether or not blueberries can be grown in a container probably depends on the variety - I have 5 Northland plants that are a "half-high" type, and am growing them in some large pots because I figured it would be much easier to give them what they need that way; their root systems are really not all that large, or at least not very deep, but I'm not sure if that is true of all varieties.
@SilverShrub, your plant might not be completely dead but I wouldn't waste your time trying to revive it. Get a couple of new plants, give them lots of peat and add in a slow release soil acidifier (such as "soil sulfur"). If you decide to plant them in containers, keep in mind that they need to have good drainage and light-colored is best because dark pots will tend to overheat the soil.
Weedwhacker said:SilverShrub, do you actually know that your soil is too alkaline? (I did not research growing blueberries very well before I bought my plants 5 or 6 years ago; the next spring after I planted them my first clue about my soil having too high of pH was that the plants grew bright yellow leaves - not a very good look!) It would be worthwhile, if you haven't done so already, to do a pH check to see just where you're at with it.
Assuming this is the first year for your plants, it wouldn't be unusual for them to not produce fruit for a year or two.
BigBill said:Any correction in soil acidity is likely fleeting at best. So if it lasts even for a week, you would have to apply it around 30 times year. That is a lot of vinegar in a year.
If you are spending "X" dollars on vinegar, wouldn't it be easier and cheaper to purchase soil acidifier? That only requires one treatment a year. It lasts longer and produces a much more lasting change. I mean to pour vinegar on a blueberry bush week after week just seems so silly.
I put the remainder in a small lid plastic container so it should last for several years.
And how much vinegar do you have to pour on a blueberry bush to insure it penetrates the soil? I mean I am all for time savers in our garden or daily lives but I am not so sure about this one.
BigBill said:Oh my blueberry bushes are planted around 4', maybe 5' apart.
Oh a moisture meter, I missed that! In my opinion, that is an inaccurate tool.
I am an old school gardener. I have been told, reading between the lines, that I should join the modern world. There are better ways of growing things.
Yet, summer after summer, I have no problems growing my veggies, no aphids, no watering problems, no weed problems, and no short cuts, no gadgets, just good old fashioned get down on your knees, get your hands dirty gardening. I am my grandmas grandson!! I learned at her knee and took all those lessons with me to this day.
I grow large tomato's, cherry tomato's, cucumbers, eggplant, pole beans and bell peppers. No issues, no complaints.
I apologize for being old fashioned and being behind the times but I am happy.
BigBill said:I always keep my eye on them. When it is warmer, I water every three or four days. Then when the heat drops back below 80, maybe one day a week.
I am blessed with nights in the lower 60's most of the time. That helps. But if thundershowers are scarce, you have to water more often.
The best $3 you'll ever spend is for a rain gauge otherwise you would say that last nights thunderstorm put down at least an inch of water. Yet when you check the gauge it says one tenth of an inch. I do not count a thundershower or rain event as being effective unless it puts down 3/4-1". It has to be enough to soak in!