You can take cuttings from blueberry plants, they will take root and grow to be clones of the parent. Find a branch with at least 6 inches of new growth-the stem will be green, not woody. Strip off the lower inch of leaves, shove it in a pot filled with topsoil, compost, vermiculite, perlite, whatever you use. Keep the cuttings in a well lit spot out of direct sunlight. Keep the soil moist but not wet-like a wring out sponge. If you have a spray jug, mist the plants frequently for the first week. If the plants survive for a month they have taken root. Transplant anytime up to a month before the first frost.
Same method works with all bramble fruit, rosemary, thyme, oregano. I'm still finding out what will work this way.
The pH Bugaboo - Another major finding of Albrecht and colleagues is that pH (level of acidity or alkalinity) is relatively unimportant in growing plants. Rather, what is important is supplying enough calcium and getting the magnesium, potassium, etc. in the right ratios. What is critical to proper growth is the balance of nutrients, not the degree of acidity.
From the standpoint of producing edible and nutritious crops, high acidity simply denotes minerally impoverished soils. Plant roots actually don’t mind moderately high acidity if they get their minerals.
Supplying The Right Minerals - (as with the calcium in lime) in the right ratios actually brings about a “desired” pH of 6.2 to 6.5 in most situations. Keeping the soil slightly acidic however, is important for availability of trace elements and long-term recharge of exchanged minerals from non-clay soil particles. Nevertheless, you can have the “right” pH and get poor crops for lack of the right combination of minerals. You can also have the “wrong” pH and grow fine plants by supplying the right combination of nutrient elements.
You Won’t Like This - Rhododendrons are not “Acid Lovers”, nor “Lime Haters”and they don’t always have an aversion for calcium. This illustrates perfectly the pH bugaboo.
Rhododendrons, blueberries, and other “acid lovers” simply evolved to take advantage of soils lacking in calcium. Albrecht pointed out that Scottish researchers were able to grow rhodies at a pH of 8 (alkaline) using magnesium carbonate. Albrecht showed these plants need high magnesium. The “acid lovers” also need iron, manganese, copper and boron which are chemically locked-up at high (alkaline) pH or in the absence of a humus buffer (See Acres U.S.A., pp. 155 & 185). Lee Fryer (see The Bio-Gardener’s Bible, pp 126-7)) was able to grow happy rhodies at pH 9 with weekly feedings of lime water plus “lethal” doses of boron and other minerals including chelated iron.
Brenda Groth wrote:
horseradish is invasive from root bits
Jennifer Smith wrote:
This thread reminded me to save the needles I clean out of the gutters on the buildings to mulch my 8 blueberries planted this year.
I use to use clothespegs to attach sheer curtains from the thrift shops to keep the birds out of ripening berries.