Skip to comments.Blueberries: A Complete Planting Guide
Posted on 02/01/2012 5:32:19 AM PST by orsonwb
Complete planting guide for blueberries including state specific varieties, harvest dates, nutrition facts, planting, watering, fertilizing, pruning, insect and disease information...
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We just plopped ‘en in a planter, as we would any other plant and they were terrible.
An interesting article ping
Really? I know that the best place to look for wild blueberries is in an area that has been burned over. I would have guessed that blueberries liked high pH because wood ash would tend to alkalize the soil.
I planted three blueberry bushes last year and am adding three more this year. Slowly but surely I am landscaping with trees and bushes that produce something edible....in addition to having a nice-sized garden (spinach, kale and lettuce are still producing in my cold frame).
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Pine needles are also good for maintaining a low ph soil.
In Western Washington State, blueberries grow wild - they are called huckleberries - the only differences between cultivated blueberries and huckleberries are size and seed count. Huckleberry is smaller and has one less seed. Also there is a larger variety with grows high in the Cascades.
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One year I had the pine trees trimmed on my property. All branches went through the wood chipper and then on the blueberry beds. I had enough blueberries that year to even share with the birds!
Guess where my Christmas trees end up now!
An interesting site and a welcome change from politics.
A mature blueberry bush is one of the easiest plants to maintain.
They don’t need insecticide. Fungus was rarely a problem. They seem to thrive in crappy soil (thin soil that has clay underneath - very common in Connecticut). The bushes really don’t need to be pruned. Except for flower-to-fruit time, they are pretty tolerant of drought.
Just spread pine needles under the plant once a year. Cover the plant with netting after they’re done flowering to keep the birds away. Then you get a two month supply of berries.
I had blueberries at a previous home that I owned. I also had apple trees, pear trees, cherry trees and concord grapes. My present property doesn’t have the full sun that blueberries require. Otherwise, I’d have planted them long ago.
Hmmmmm and the alkaline water . . . Sigh.
OK, back to the drawing board.
Now to find the proper mulch etc.
Yeah, once I read it doesn’t tolerate alkaline water I gave up on that idea.
Drat those birds.
I planted two bearing bushes last year—I’m in Burlington County NJ where the blueberry was first cultivated commercially. I figured I’d lose some to birds but I’d still get most of them—that’s what always happened with our raspberries.
The birds ate every single one. Gonna have to do the netting like you said.
I’ve read different things about the pine needles—that they may not acidify the soil as was previously thought. The argument went that pines just tend to grow in naturally acidic soil. *shrug*. I don’t know myself. But I tend toward the natural, organic style of gardening so I’d rather mulch with pine needles than dump sulfur in my yard. I take it you had good success with pine mulch?
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Oh wow....so the pine needles definitely worked for you?
I read some website that said pine needles were useless to modify pH. Sounds like in your case it worked like a charm. I shoulda never let that site talk me out of it.
Thanks, I want to plant blueberries and this will help.
I don’t know if it makes a difference or not, but I used the long pine needles. And Connecticut soil is rather acidic to begin with, so perhaps what you read is correct.
Too bad about the birds and your bushes.
I simply draped lightweight netting over the bushes after they were done flowering. The netting has to go to the ground and maybe place some weights on the ends to keep it from blowing around...don’t let the birds find a way in.
Yes, the pine needles helped. Initially I laid it thickly, maybe 4 or 5 inches. The pine also made weeding so much easier. The weeds didn’t seem to have a firm grasp on the soil. Previously it was a chore to weed.
Pine needles are about the best.
How about blue spruce needles?
We have blue spruce. Can get pine needles.
Am building another raised bed. Though I could put them in the one by the maple. It doesn’t have full sun as much.
Thx thx. I sure love blueberries. Just didn’t realize what I was doing wrong.
Knew about the acid soil but was using acid fertilizer.
The alkaline water must have been a biggy, too.
Is there any healthy way to get the roots to spread out?
It seems like they don’t grow much from the tiny pot form they were originally in.
I would do the raised bed but dig down and loosen the soil deeply and work a lot of peat into it.
Peat is acidic. A deep mulch with spruce needles will help with water retention and with acid.
Some roots can’t penetrate hard pan and you have to help them a bit.
You might enjoy this video too.
I’ve watched it a couple of times. Inspiring.
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