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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Dec 15, 2016 6:22 AM CST
Can some one tell me what kinda blueberry plant do we have here.
He was doing so very well in a window lots of sun all day and then he was moved to put up Christmas tree and he is fading quickly although I believe this started before the move , the leaves turning brown falling off and then yesterday I noticed a stem turning black. From what I have read blueberry bushes need some type of ( dormant period ) depending on what type of blueberry it is. Im adding pics . Anyone who can tell me whats happening to this guy! He was a dream through out the summer and has been great in that window until about 2 weeks ago I noticed him getting droopy looking after getting new buds and some new growth. . Have we waited too long to let it go dormant? Does this mean its too late period? ? What about the stem turning black or browning leaves? Why is this happening?

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Name: Sue
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sooby
Dec 15, 2016 6:53 AM CST
Assuming it is a blueberry I don't think it would be possible to tell which cultivar it is from looking at it, especially in the state it is in. Did it not have a label when you got it? Blueberries need a specific number of chill hours (typically below 45 degrees) and that number varies depending on cultivar. I don't think it's current condition necessarily relates to that at this point, but I'm wondering why you are trying to keep it indoors.
Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Dec 15, 2016 7:11 AM CST
Another plant of my in laws I taken care of all summer as they bought far too many to manage themselves so I took over.
They dont know much about the plants at all and im just learning as u know already. So i take care of them when something goes wrong I come here.
I was told it was bought this summer with all the others.
My mother in law just said we can try to put it back outside as I read we could possibly save him that way. Wrapping in burlap putting it ina hole in ground or something. . I havnt finished reading that article yet, And i dont know exactly what type of blueberry he was I can ask my father in.law when he gets home this evening but I dont think he will know. As I have ran.into this problem before. Once with this guy.. im still not sure if we figured out what he is or what he needs and my inlawas have had him for 3 years. Here is a pic.
They received this from a co worker that passed away and ask me to get this guy to do something anything. Lol so far he just sits here grows very little , takes very little water and light. All i know so far is he dont like alot of water or too much light either. Although this is only from me taking care of him for 2 months now.... ai repotted and sit him in a window. He didnt do well In the window. I put him back on the floor and now... as you see....he just sits here not dying but barely growing
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Dec 15, 2016 7:59 AM CST
If it is not too cold already there yes, the blueberry should go outside. If it is below freezing or expected to be in the next week then we may need to think again. Unless the soil is acidic it will not do very well even planted in the ground but it would be hardier in the ground than still in a pot. I would cut the branch that is dying back to just above the healthiest node (where a leaf comes out).

I don't know what the other plant is - you might want to start a new thread about it since this one is just titled blueberry. It looks like it is growing from a bulb? Not all plants grow continuously, once they reach the end of a cycle they stop for a while. Sometimes they need to go dormant and/or get chilled before they get going again. Without knowing what the plant is it's hard to know what to suggest. Maybe post the pictures in the Plant ID forum in case someone there can tell what it is or make an educated guess.
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 15, 2016 1:38 PM CST
Hi Pamela, as Sue says your blueberry bush needs to go outside permanently, and be planted in the ground, somewhere in full sun. It needs to go to sleep (dormant) for the winter. Just like the shrubs and trees in your yard that have lost all their leaves now, it is a deciduous (loses its leaves) hardy perennial shrub. Too bad you didn't ask us about that one sooner, so you could have planted it out and saved yourself some worry.

The other plant looks like it might be a baby Amaryllis. Just guessing here but as Sue already observed, I can see the neck of a bulb just below where the leaves fan out. It will take it a few years to grow big enough to actually give you a flower, but put it outside in the garden next spring and see what happens. It is not cold hardy though, so if it grows through the summer, you'll need to bring it indoors again when it gets cold next fall. Don't worry that it's not growing right now, mine in the garden are all just sitting there too. They don't lose their leaves here but they do go more or less dormant. More light and warmth along with more water and fertilizer in the spring will inspire it to make some new leaves.
Elaine

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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Dec 15, 2016 7:59 PM CST
Thanks! ! Wow that was like a crash course on blueberry bushes n baby Amaryllis all in one post. I loved it.
The baby Amaryllis is just sitting on the floor by the window but kinda down inside a larger pot as you can see. I did that after messing with him about 6 weeks ago I put him in the window started watering it a little more and he didnt seem to like it at all and I got frightened he would die so I put inside that pot which is where I found him. I was told he has been growing in those pots like that for 2 or 3 years.. one or the other and its just remained the same. I did repot this also his roots seem to be very healthy in the manner of strong , nothing mushy by any means. The roots were very very large thick white roots. Almost growing like a spider.. it was very cool looking then Of cousre the bulb like area.. it looks great too as far as clean , strong looking, nothing mushy of dying it looks pretty good too.
The reason it frightened me was it did seem to start growing then 2 leafs broke of and they started feeling different to me.. more fragile so i tossed it back in that pot on the floor and he grew a little more and seems ok as is? Sounds like I've kinda done the right thing. I can leave him as is for now he is still taking water very well and looks healthy. Ill ask the inlaws to let me move him outside in rhe spring and see if i can get a bloom, maybe a little fertilizer, winter i bring him back inside?
Correct?
Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Feb 6, 2017 6:47 AM CST
Update;
I never trashed this plant in hopes of idk what and guess what he is growing again.. maybe its not the type of blueberry plant that needs to be outside. I believe my father inlaw called it a top hat blueberry bush...isnt this great!!!!
He is growing new growth as if he took a nice winter break and he is back.
Can anyone explain to me how this happened when he was supposed to die????
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Name: Amanda
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pepper23
Feb 6, 2017 9:57 AM CST
I see lots of green on the stems in the earlier pics you posted and the current batch. It never died, just went dormant. It is a little early for it to be coming back to life so don't stick it outside in the cold weather. Plant it in the ground or a bigger pot this spring and it can stay outside year round.

Top Hat Blueberry. Lowbush Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium 'Top Hat')
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 6, 2017 10:36 AM CST
That's wonderful, Pamela. I'm so glad it survived. But, as pepper advises I would definitely find a good spot in your garden for that one so it can live and grow normally.

Those types of blueberries do need a winter dormant period. Their roots grow during the dormant season a little, so that they put on lusty new growth through the warm months and get big enough to give you berries.
Elaine

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