I found these poor little things on sale for $2.50. Normally I’m not one to bring home sick, helpless little things but I like blueberries, have a pallet of peat and am willing to try.
The retailer had just about given up on them. I found 9 that still had green leaves. I brought them home, filled the pots to the top with peat and gave them a good soaking in a bucket. Each day since then I have soaked them in about 2″ of water in a bucket until the peat is saturated. Then they sit in partial sun all day. We’ll see what happens. I may have wasted $20. I don’t really think so though.
I planted two over by the pond about a month ago. Every day they get a bucket of water and they are doing as well as they are doing. I dug a big hole for each, mixed in a bag of peat in each hole and carried wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow of sawdust. I should put an odometer on my wheelbarrow…
What about you? Is there something you just can’t pass up when you see it on sale? Do you believe you have the touch to bring things back to life or are you at least willing to try? Have any tips that would help me out?
Lazarus blueberies – lol. I don’t know a thing about blueberries except how to eat them. I’d say though that you’ve got some good leafing happening on the ones by the pond and a couple in buckets, so you may have worked a partial miracle, if there is such a thing! Good luck!
Well, we’re giving it a try. Keeping anything alive in this drought is a partial miracle.
My 2 cents:
1. It was nice of you to save them…my granny would be happy with you.
2. While I’m sure they suffered quite a bit from drought while at the nursery, check to make sure the crown of the shrub is at soil level. Nursery trees and shrubs are notorious for being too deep in the container. Never follow the rule of “plant at the same level as in the container” like the little tag says. Always check for the crown.
Best of luck with the Lazarus blueberries. Love the name…I’m stealing that one for some plants at work that are languishing.
Thanks Stacey. I’ll double-check the crown.