Saturday, February 5, 2011

Growing Blueberry Bushes

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  • Blueberries should be planted either in the early fall, specifically October or in mid-spring from March to April. This timing allows proper rooting in while temperatures are still relatively mild, neither too cold or too hot. 
  • Provide your blueberries plants with a nutrient rich, well-draining and lightweight planting soil. Avoid clay and poorly draining soil where water pools in the top 14 inches of soil, as blueberry plant roots can easily suffocate and rot. Amend poorly draining soil with large amounts or coarse organic material and coarse horticultural sand if needed.
  • Maintain an acidic planting soil at all times keeping in the range of 4.5 and 5.5 pH. Add finely milled elemental sulfur to the planting soil as needed to acidify the soil, i.e. lower the pH. Rarely soil can be too acidic, i.e. lower than 4.5 pH and ground limestone can be added to boost alkalinity. (Read more)
You will also need to plant at least two varieties, and have at least two plants.She makes it sound pretty easy, but I've already killed a few. I plan on trying again in the spring.

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