If you’ve been following my nature blog and reading about my balcony garden exploits in the past, you’ll be pleased to hear…..
I saw a BLUE berry yesterday…….
Then I turned over leaves where I knew bundles of green berries had been hiding…….
Ate all the 6-7 berries straight off the bush……and then went to get the cotton bird netting to cover it. Only comment I can say is that I hope the rest ripen through the netting.
…..and I hope, what I suspect is……the plant is pot-bound and that doesn’t affect the future ripening. If the bush grows much larger, I’ll have to give it to my brother to plant in the ground up at his farm.
I suppose I should cut off a piece, but since it was a small roll of netting, I’ve just bundled the excess up with a rubber band and left it on the ground.
“If you learn to enjoy waiting, you don’t have to wait to enjoy”
Waiting for my Blueberry fruit to ripen has been one of the longest waits in recent years.
It has so many berries on such a small bush.
In the meantime, I’m still buying punnets of blueberries at the nearby supermarket which are cheap enough, just not the same as growing your own 🙂 , especially as this is my first attempt at growing this plant on my west-facing apartment balcony.
I keep imagining going outdoors to pick some berries for my breakfast and can’t seem to get the image out of my head.
The photo below, made when I first bought the tiny plant, (when it was only a few inches high), was dated the 19th December, 2017, so I figure I have at least 3 more weeks to wait…..maybe less? That tiny plant yielded about 20 berries in total, which surprised me at the time, as Mr Google says most blueberries take 2 years to bear fruit.
I woke up to the steady patter of rain yesterday morning. We need rain badly, especially as September was the driest start to Spring on record. But the soft rain dwindled out mid-to-late morning.
I’ve had an eagle eye on my Blueberry bush on my balcony.
…..waiting for the formation of fruit, so I can put the newly purchased cotton netting over it to deter birds snacking.
It’s about 15″ high and the same amount wide, although a little lop-sided as I probably forgot to keep turning it every 2nd day so it grew evenly (towards the west-facing light).
(I vaguely remember pruning a few wayward branches off too, which probably didn’t help).
“The Nellie Kelly Blueberry (Sunshine Blue) is a delightful, evergreen bush that grows to 1 metre, producing pink flowers during the winter and delectable fruit in late spring and summer. The bush is frost tolerant and needs to be planted in areas where overnight temperatures drop below 5C degrees during winter as this helps to promote the flowers”.
…and flowers I’ve had in the hundreds this year.
But, does this mean I’ll get hundred of luscious blueberries? Who knows. I don’t have enough gardening experience to be certain.
My (experienced) gardener brother said my dozen or so miserable berry crop last year were probably due to the birds raiding the newly formed fruit (before I was out of bed? 🙂 ).
Some websites I read last year said Blueberries don’t fruit until the 2nd year, but I guess that depends on the variety. When I first bought this small plant, I got about 20 berries before it had even started to grow.
I remember being quite excited at the time as I’d never grown a Blueberry bush before.
“Nellie Kelly Blueberries are suitable for either garden beds or large pots where they will get part sun. They will last 10 to 15 years and produce up to 4 kilograms of fruit a season”