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PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 9:44 pm 
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I would love to grow blueberries in the DFW area even with all of the known problems against it, if it's possible.
Has anyone successfully done this ?

If so, it would be nice for people to respond to this thread, listing what they have done to overcome the acidity and heat/cold weaknesses of this area.

Please list container vs. grown in the ground, soil or soilless, watering, certain ammendments, any blueberry other than tifblue, how long you have been successful, etc...


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It's amazing what you can find on the internet y just typing in what you're looking for!

http://www.texasblueberries.com/

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2007 1:33 pm 
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Been there and done that.
Also have talked to Blueberry growers, nursuries, etc.

Basically their answer was to not waste your time mainly because of the acidity factor, then the heat/cold issues.
In other words, they were not very successful.

I don't want to hear about someone's failures.

I have heard some people say that it IS possible, but alot of hassle.

All I want to know is - has anyone successfully done this in the Dallas area no matter what alot of the people are saying ?


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I have not, but logic suggests that if you use containers you will be able to put an acidic potting soil in them. A nursery owner told me that you can put 1 tablespoon of vinagar to a gallon of water to lower it's alkalinity. There are varieties that will take the heat--they are southern highbush varieties. Park Seed has a dwarf called Sunshine Blue that may be promising. Do you do azaleas? I suspect that a similar culture would be the way to go. Howard has azalea bed preparation suggestions on this site. You may be the one to figure it out and share the success with us! Good luck and keep us posted.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 9:50 am 
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I agree with grdngrl and will offer a second thought. Have your soil tested and find out what you are dealing with.
Bailey's berry patch http://www.txberry.com/ grows pick your own blueberries and blackberries. He is between Sherman and Gainsville which is close to DFW.
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