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Tornado Alley
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Container garden questions (fruit and vegetables)
Afternoon y’all.

I just picked up an already blooming, small blueberry bush. I planted in large pot. What is this I’m reading about needing two blueberry bushes to keep producing crops year after year? Something about pollination?

Also, if I planted my Meyer lemon tree (container) last summer, when should it take off? It’s growing out a little, but seems to have stalled pretty hard since winter took over. It’s not growing vertically much if at all.

I also have cherry tomatoes and strawberries in a container and will be adding cayenne peppers come soon. Thanks for the advice


oleyeller
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re: Container garden questions (fruit and vegetables)
You (dont) need a pollinator for it to produce. But it will do MUCH better and have bigger fruit with a pollinator. Get another bush or 2.


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Bill Parker?
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re: Container garden questions (fruit and vegetables)
If your planning on having enough fruit to use and/or freeze, you'll need more than one plant.

I have 6 or 7 mature plants that produce heavily, and I still buy more to freeze from a u-pick farm.


Tornado Alley
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re: Container garden questions (fruit and vegetables)
Even if the plant is just for two people?


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re: Container garden questions (fruit and vegetables)
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I just picked up an already blooming, small blueberry bush. I planted in large pot.


Blueberries like acidic soil, so make sure to test the ph and adjust accordingly. Somewhere in the 4.5 to 5.5 range if I remember right.

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I also have cherry tomatoes and strawberries in a container and will be adding cayenne peppers come soon. Thanks for the advice


I did a bunch of tomatoes and peppers in containers years ago. It was a PITA keeping them properly watered. The soil would dry out pretty quick when it gets hot. And when the plants get bigger you need to fertilize more often cause they deplete the soil. But they made some very nice tomatoes and peppers.


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ChenierauTigre
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re: Container garden questions (fruit and vegetables)
Get one or two more blueberry bushes, but choose different varieties.


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Centinel
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re: Container garden questions (fruit and vegetables)
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I just picked up an already blooming, small blueberry bush. I planted in large pot. What is this I’m reading about needing two blueberry bushes to keep producing crops year after year? Something about pollination?


Whatever state you're living in, find the local University Ag Center.

Here in SC it's Clemson, and they have a list of what cultivars grow best in which part of the state, and what cultivars pair best together to produce the most fruit. I'm pretty sure other states will have the same info.


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Bill Parker?
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re: Container garden questions (fruit and vegetables)
I'd plant as many as you have room for. You'll be feeding the birds, too.

I have a neighbor with a 7 year old daughter that thinks blueberries are the coolest thing ever. I let her pick as many as she can. It's always good to have extra to share.


Tornado Alley
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re: Container garden questions (fruit and vegetables)
I don’t have much room at all, but I certainly don’t want a bad crop. Basically, can one bush produce a good crop, or are two plants required to get a good crop?


tenfoe
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can one bush produce a good crop


If it's a really big old bush, sure.

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are two plants required to get a good crop?



when they are young, 12 bushes aren't enough


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