Blueberries will live and produce for 40 to 50 years
- Soil that drains well
- Acidic soil with a pH of 5.0
- Lower your pH by using the following:
- Sawdust from any conifer (pine, spruce, fir).
- Ammonium Sulfate fertilizer
- Ground Sulfur fertilizer
- Organic matter, such as compost, into the soil or as a top dress
- Space plants 4-8 feet apart
- “Hilling” plants; raise them above the natural soil level by 12-18″ high and 3′ wide. This improves drainage.
- Full sun, at least ¾ of the day
- Plant at exactly the same depth as grown at the nursery.
- Dig the hole twice the size of the roots, and back-fill with a rich compost mixture.
- Add 10% peat moss to soil mix
- Once planted, remove 25% of the branches; this will promote new, vigorous branching start.
- Add Soil: continue to add fresh compost as a top-dressing
- Pruning: You will not need to prune until year 3, after they have finished fruiting.
- Watering: shallow-rooted, best to give deep watering
- Fertilize in early spring, 10-5-5 is a good, well-balanced fertilizer. If leaves are yellowing, that indicates a Nitrogen deficiency.
If you want to see blueberries take off, dig hole and fill with peat moss then plant. Blueberries love peat moss.
4.5 PH Blueberries Optimal