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.

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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

 

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