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Old 06-20-2014, 11:19 AM
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Is anyone growing berries or cherries this year?


Either blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries....or any other berry or cherry you can think of?


Please feel free to post pictures of your cherry or berry plants....or simply join in on a discussion about them.


I'm growing blueberries indoors this year and thought this would be a great place to talk about growing cherries and berries, propagation methods and germinating seeds.


Here's a cluster of blueberries today, growing on my indoor "peach sorbet" dwarf blueberry plant from the Brazelberry collection...





Also have some Bing cherry seeds in the fridge for a 2-month cold stratification period. Hoping they will pop for me later. We'll see.


Looking forward to hearing about other people's cherry and berry plants.
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Old 06-20-2014, 11:22 AM
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do not have cherries or berries started this year but going to try and grow some blueberries and strawberries and maybe try to find a cherry tree to start indoors for the winter and see what happens
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Old 06-20-2014, 11:51 AM
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Sounds great, Raccoon. Let us know if you get some.


I'm currently experimenting with blueberry cuttings to see if I can get them to root.


Strawberry plants grow great indoors too and they are self-pollinating!
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Old 06-20-2014, 11:53 AM
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i have some strawberry one time seeds but how long before they have strawberries after they come up will it be a couple of years or do you know
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Old 06-20-2014, 11:57 AM
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I have ever-bear strawberry seeds that produce strawberries within 3-4 months of growing them from seed. Most don't take two years before they will start producing.


Not sure what you mean by "one time".
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Old 06-20-2014, 12:02 PM
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they say you plant them one time and then they come up every year after that without replanting them
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Old 06-20-2014, 12:06 PM
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Yes, this is true about strawberry plants. They spread like crazy via underground runners. Your berry patch will get bigger and bigger each year with more and more berries.


The small Alpine types are my favorites to grow indoors. They're so delicious and sweet with a flavor that larger berries don't have. I have seeds for several alpine varieties. Now I feel like sowing some!
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Old 06-21-2014, 06:18 AM
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Been feeding my blueberry plants blood and bonemeal. When both of them got transplanted into their new pots, I put some B&B in the bottom soil. We'll see what happens. Blueberries like very acidic soil so the bloodmeal will help with this.


Gonna water in some Epsom salts in a couple weeks too.
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Old 06-21-2014, 06:51 AM
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I've just got to ask. Why would you grow blueberries and strawberries in the house? Sorry I just don't get it. Grown them both, still grow blueberries but I just don't understand why in the house. I like hearing the bees buzz around ours even the dang wasps that sting the berries. Heh
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Old 06-21-2014, 07:07 AM
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Tess, I simply do not have access to grow something outside right now. Well I do, but there have been thieves who've spoiled it for me and I won't. Tired of having my plants stolen on me.


Besides...


I have huge enormous window sills that can support many edible plants that I've had amazing success with in the past. You would be quite surprised.


Growing edible plants inside, also beats growing ivy and other boring plants. I have the light to make edible plants happy....


so why not?


Of course if I had a choice, I would prefer to grow my berries outdoors....and have done so many times. Even still, having them continue to grow over winter is something that could only be done indoors anyway. It will be great gobbling berries from my shrubs when it's snowing outside.


Hope this explains.
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The "peach sorbet" blueberry cutting I have in a glass of water is showing new growth today but no roots just yet.





I've been changing the water daily.
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she looks like a very happy plant it is very green and happy
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Thanks, RaccoonBandit!


Roots must be coming or it wouldn't be growing on top. I promised this cutting to Sherie if it roots. of course I will root more this way if it's successful.


Not usually a fan of rooting cuttings in water because of the long process you have to go through when you pot them up later. They can easily die in soil if you're not careful when first planting them.


I just wanted to experiment to see if it would work.
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Old 06-22-2014, 09:12 AM
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well good luck and it is very pretty
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The new lime/peach/pink shoots are so ornamental...


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