If you remember, I tried an experiment in propagating blueberries two weeks ago. I took twenty-two cuttings, dipped them in rooting hormone, and planted them. I've been careful to keep them moist. So how are they doing?
Well, I was disappointed. Every one of them promptly died.
Or so I thought!
Upon closer inspection, it seems that, although every cutting has dead leaves, most have green stems. This means they're still alive and hopefully forming little roots.
Even some of the ones that looked very dead, stem and all...
...have a bit of green. And I say, where there's green, there's hope.
A couple, on the other hand, were unquestionably dead.
Still, I'm optimistic. I'll continue to keep them moist and see what happens. Meanwhile -- to all you green-thumb types out there, give me some guidance -- should I remove the dead brown leaves from the stems that show green, or should I leave them alone?
I'm pleased to report, however, that my recovering blueberry bushes are doing splendiforously.
These are from the twenty berry bushes I had inadvertently planted in about the worst weed-infested spot on our property back in 2004. I fought those weeds for years and finally gave up in despair. Last year when we built the berry beds, I wondered if any bushes were salvageable, and to my amazement I found sixteen were still alive (barely). So I transplanted them into the new beds and promised the poor little things that I'd make it up to them for all those years of neglect.
They're repaying me this year with beautiful and abundant berries which should be ripe within a couple of weeks. These are some happy blueberry bushes!