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How do I plant blueberry.

Blueberry    PA

I would like to add some blueberries to my garden but I'm not sure how to plant them, or when. What is the optimum soil pH for blueberry? How can I prepare the soil for planting them? Is it best to plant in spring?


Posted by: Michelle Hay (1 point) Michelle Hay
Posted: April 7, 2013




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Blueberry plants require very acidic soil to grow and produce well, with a ph around 4. Early spring is the best time to plant. As far as the soil type, make sure the soil is acidic. A ph test should be done to the soil before you plant so you will know how to amend the soil. Dig a hole 2' round by at least 18" deep and add acidic substances to your soil to produce the correct ph level and plant at the same depth as it was when you remove it from the pot you purchased it in. Depending on the ph of your soil, you may have to prepare the planting site and allow the ground to "set" after you amend the soil to become more acidic. Use fertilizers for acid loving plants only.


Posted by: deactivated (1 point) deactivated
Posted: April 7, 2013




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I have clay soil here, but I also had a spot in my lawn with a huge Ponderosa Pine tree. It drops it's needles which contain lots of tannin (acid) and the grass won't grow close to the tree. I also have peacocks that roost in the tree at night, all winter long (in the summer they are locked in with the chickens, so they don't eat my garden!). The peacock poop from the tree, which is also acidic and a great fertilizer choice....so, I decided to plant all my blueberry plants in the area that my lawn won't grow, and WOW, the blueberries are in heaven, they LOVE that spot.. The spring rains wash off all the manure from the plants, and it goes into the soil, and they have all the acid they want/need. This works for me..I am guessing if you had a sunny location under a pine tree (no peacocks needed!), you might get these results too. Good luck with your blueberries.


Posted by: Angie Lee Morrow (18 points) Angie Lee Morrow
Posted: April 16, 2013




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