Sunday, May 15, 2011

Visions of Blueberries Danced in my Head...

About this time last year, on one of those nights when I couldn't sleep, I saw a commercial on the tv for blueberry plants. Plants to be grown in containers on patios or decks. Small bushy plants that would produce hundreds of blueberries on one plant. I did something I had never done before...I actually purchased something off a late night television sales pitch.
The order came rather quickly, but 2 of the 3 plants, which were little more than skinny 2 inch sticks, were dead. I emailed the company and never received an answer but much to my surprise, I did get replacement plants in the mail about a week later.

I planted those tiny little green sticks, sat the pots on the patio and within 3 days two of the plants had disappeared.

By the end of last summer, I had two little blueberry sticks with just a few leaves. The pot wintered over on the porch and when spring came those two tiny plants shot out new leaves.

I just figured it would be years, if ever before I'd ever see a blueberry. Even said to Lou that I'd probably wouldn't live long enough to pick blueberries from these bushes.

However, I just noticed 3 little flowers that will become the blue tasty berries. So do I let the 3 berries develop or do I pinch off the flowers to promote plant growth?


  1. Oh, goodness, Pat,I don't know! I am always in a dilemma like this myself with plants/flowers. The only thing I can say is that I said a prayer to St. Anthony for you to help you find an answer... whether to let it develop or pinch it off! (And please WAIT. You will get an answer!) And was the place of purchase "QVC?" I LOVE QVC and have spent a fortune there over the years and have been very satisfied with their products, BUT, their plants have NOT been fruitful for me, so I sympathize.
    BUT: Don't give up yet! :)

  2. Not a clue, but three blueberries would make a tasty bite when ripened!
    xo Cathy

  3. I'd never seen a blueberry bush until we moved to Oregon. I don't lke their taste but grandson eats more than he picks when we go blueberry picking. The ones in Oregon should be called trees rather than bushes.