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saul4paz



Joined: 19 Oct 2009
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Location: Mesa AZ

PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:34 am    Post subject: Blueberries in PHX Reply with quote

I bought 2 blueberry plants a month ago (misty/blue sharp)
Iím very excited based on what Iíve found.

Because blueberry's need high acidity soil i mixed a 3-2-1 (manure/natures way/our soil (moist clay)& a little gypsum, in a 10gal container. I planted both bare root plants in and they are sprouting like crazy, now. I think there a good investment to a fruit garden. With fully grown plants producing 10pt. of berries a year.

The trick must be acidic soil, but it can be managed better in a container. Idea

Both varieties need only 200-300hours of chill. And begin to produce good after 2-3years. And can live up to 15-20years. Just like roses.

Great article link;

http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/byauthor/110963

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phoenixtropicals
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you could do it in a container. However, I wonder how much the alkalinity of the water would affect your container ph.
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Little Luey



Joined: 28 Oct 2009
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Location: Yuma Arizona

PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good deal!
I have been looking at blueberries myself, but right now I can't get any.

you mentioned the water could affect the ph, would it help to use a water softener water?

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I have the following in my back yard:
1 anna apple tree, 1 eureka lemon, 1 mandarin, 1 grape vine and 2 pomagranete trees, 1 dwarf 5 in 1 apple, 1 dwarf 4 in 1 plum, 1 mexicola avocado, 1 guava.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You definitely do not want to use softened water. Water softeners add sodium to the water which is a plant killer. RO water would work though, but its kind of an expensive way to water a plant. I would just start with tap water and see how it works out. If you give the potted plant a good soaking every time you water it and wash the salts out the bottom it would probably work out. I'd imagine blueberries need to spend summer in the shade.
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Little Luey



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I will keep that in mind when my time comes. Very Happy
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1 anna apple tree, 1 eureka lemon, 1 mandarin, 1 grape vine and 2 pomagranete trees, 1 dwarf 5 in 1 apple, 1 dwarf 4 in 1 plum, 1 mexicola avocado, 1 guava.
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Elliston



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in Phoenix too! Anyways, as I am sure you are aware of; Phoenix gets very hot and very dry. This makes growing all but the most drought resistant plants difficult to grow, but not impossible. To grow my strawberries and peppermint, I put them in my shady breezeway, in a spot that never gets direct sunlight. The light paint on the wall opposite of them reflects plenty of light to them, without making it overbearing. I also water them a little bit more than my other plants, and put a good layer of mulch around the base to prevent evaporation. Hope this helps you.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mint is a hard one to grow here. I grew spearmint.. ahhh smelled like gum... in the full shade. It lingered for years, but never really took off as mints are known to do. Sounds like you have a good formula though. Do your strawberries fruit in full shade?
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Kyle_Davis



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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had asked a question about using softened water on our plants, but after doing a decent amount of research online, it seems the answer is a big no. We already have a good deal of salt in our soil and water. So even if the softener only adds a little bit of salt, it's still more to an already too high amount of salt in our water. Looks like I need to invest in rainwater harvesting.
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