Sams has fruit bushes
Posted 16 February 2010 - 06:53 PM
Posted 17 February 2010 - 07:24 AM
Posted 17 February 2010 - 01:26 PM
Plant your blueberries in sour soil to do best. You can run a lawn mower back and forth over pine needles to produce a good souring soil additive, or just add in lots of peat moss. Blueberries grow well among pines, so long as they have some sun.
Raspberries tend not to do very well around pines, though my experience with them is rather limited. They are supposed to be one of the few things that grow well within the dripline of a black walnut tree--but again need some sun.
Make a record of your exact cultivars. It makes a difference when you're looking up how to prune them.
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Posted 19 February 2010 - 01:51 AM
Largely, here's the reason:
Most local nurseries raise the starts in a greenhouse and gradually harden off the plants for a few weeks. They are also local and acclimated to the weather in the area.
Most commercial growers toss the cuttings into a truck and let them harden off on the trip to the store - sometimes out of the plant's native zone. They are then placed in an ambient temperature, NOT something normal for the plant. Is it any wonder so few survive?
I'm ordering this year from a local nursery and paying a bit more, but they guarantee their plants. I'm NEVER buying from Costco/Sam's again anything that goes into the ground...
Fresh flowers & plants are fine...just not seedlings or cuttings.
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