At our garden group meeting of 2 March, Marilyn King had some interesting advice on Blueberries and Camelias, both lovers of acid soil.
The following is what she wrote:
· Plant in ericaceous compost in a shady position. Can be put in a pot measuring 30-38 cm (12-15”) sunk into the soil.
· Feed in March with a mixture of the following:
§ Sulphate of ammonia - 35g per square metre (1oz per square yard}
§ Sulphate of Potash - 35g per square metre (1oz per square yard)
§ Bone Meal - 105g per square metre (3oz per square yard}
Mix together, remove some of the old compost and feed, replace compost with new and finish off with a mulch of pine bark or other acid mulch.
Water, if possible with rainwater.
Trim back some of the old wood to allow new growth.
· Plant in ericaceous compost. Mulch with pine bark.
· Sight facing a south-western to northern aspect.
· Position away from early morning sun and drying winds
· Feed as per Blueberries but in late spring, after flowering and after their dormant period.
· Once buds appear do not turn the pot round as this can cause them to lose the buds.
· Water with rainwater if possible. No pruning necessary.