Only my friends here at Growing Fruit will understand my pain and be able to empathize with my feelings of regret and stupidity!!!
So today I’m working on my blueberry “patch”. Pulling weeds, cutting any dead limbs, applying acidifier, etc. Well, my biggest and best blueberry plant which is about 5 years oldhas slowly been leaning over and was now almost lying on its side- though it is a picture of health, absolutely COVERED in bloom buds, and set for a great summer. Why, oh why, wouldn’t I just leave it alone? Though it was leaning to the point of almost being on its side, the growth had more or less accommodated for its position and was growing upward. But NO, that wasn’t good enough for me. For some dang reason I decided I’d put a fence post near it and straighten the plant up and tie it to the post so it would be vertical and “normal” looking. Well, you can probably guess what happened next…
I honestly was pretty gentle and slowly pulled the whole bush upward toward the new T-post so I could tie it to it and let it grow normally the coming year. Just about the time I just it to the fully upright position, it happened. I heard that sickening CRACK sound and suddenly there was no tension coming from the trunk. I literally froze for a moment and didn’t want to look. It was just like when you cut yourself and you know its pretty bad and don’t even want to look at first. But sure enough, almost the whole entire bush snapped off clean just about flush with the ground. It was THICK…I’d say it had a 2 inch diameter. I know hearing how thick it was is going to make you think I must have really been using a lot of force to pull it up and break it, but I promise that is absolutely not the case! That is why I was so shocked. I had been pretty gentle and slow. It pulled up 90% of the way pretty easily, just SNAPPED like it was really brittle. No, it wsn’t rotted either. The whole thing is pretty strange to me. Aside from wanting someone to feel sorry for me (ha) I also thought my story would serve as a warning to others. Be careful when trying to straighten up or stake your blueberry plants! ANd of course this was by far my biggest and best blueberry.bush!!! Grrrr!!!. The only slight bright spot is that when the big, main truck broke, there was one small and separate “limb” or “trunk” growth coming off the big plant stump near the break but which was not broke. I feel like this is important not only because it may let at least a little bit of the plant live and go on, but since this growth was part of the original trunk I’m thinking it will be able to take advantage of all the roots that the bush grew over the last 5 years, meaning it (hopefully) will grow really fast and large since a huge root system will be supported such a small (1/6th ") shoot.
Sorry it took so long just to say I accidentally broke my biggest blueberry bush today, but you know me…why use 1 word when I can use 1000. haha.