Do you have some tips on growing blueberries?
Plant in a sunny spot with freedraining acidic soil, noting that bird protection will eventually be needed. Highbush and rabbiteye are the main types grown in New Zealand. Highbush varieties are fairly large, hardy and self-fertile, but need a more acid soil than rabbiteyes. The latter are quite vigorous but less hardy, plus you’ll probably have to plant more than one variety (also of the Rabbiteye type) to get good crops. Check with your local garden centre to see which blueberries do best in your district.
How can I keep my roses looking good for Christmas?
Keep them picked or dead-head on a regular basis, cutting back on an angle to just above (no more than 1cm) an outward facing leaf stem with a set of five leaves, and taking no more than a third of the stem with the flower. Remove any weak canes while you are at it, and remember that roses need good air circulation to prevent fungal diseases. Apply rose food if you haven’t already done so this season, and water deeply in dry weather.
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