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Blueberries: A Complete Planting Guide
The how Do Gardener ^ | February 1, 2012 | Rick Bickling

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...

(Excerpt) Read more at howdogardener.com ...


TOPICS: Gardening
KEYWORDS: blueberries; growing; planting; survival
I never realized how important the soil pH was for growing blueberries.
1 posted on 02/01/2012 5:32:21 AM PST by orsonwb
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To: orsonwb

No kiddin!

We just plopped ‘en in a planter, as we would any other plant and they were terrible.

Strawberries too!


2 posted on 02/01/2012 5:49:24 AM PST by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: orsonwb
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Orson,


"Thanks" ... this sounds useful ...


I'm an aerospace engineer who's discovered Gardening, to include blueberries ... while not battling E-RINOs like "McRomney" down here in Florida (LOL) ...

Soil PH is critical ... someone advised me to mix-place "pine bark nuggets" in the soil to keep the acidity high ...




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3 posted on 02/01/2012 5:49:37 AM PST by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin in 2012 !)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

An interesting article ping


4 posted on 02/01/2012 6:14:39 AM PST by rightly_dividing
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To: Patton@Bastogne
Soil PH is critical ... someone advised me to mix-place "pine bark nuggets" in the soil to keep the acidity high ...

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.

5 posted on 02/01/2012 6:16:59 AM PST by magslinger (Who cares if they are"electable" if they are going to govern like Democrats? -noprogs)
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To: orsonwb

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).

You might be interested in the Weekly Gardening thread here on FReeRepublic: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2838873/posts


6 posted on 02/01/2012 6:31:02 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Patton@Bastogne

Pine needles are also good for maintaining a low ph soil.


7 posted on 02/01/2012 6:32:38 AM PST by Techster
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To: Techster

Bttt


8 posted on 02/01/2012 6:50:48 AM PST by georgiabelle
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To: orsonwb

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.


9 posted on 02/01/2012 6:52:00 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: SumProVita

How does one get added to this weekly post? I have never seen it before.


10 posted on 02/01/2012 7:17:45 AM PST by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Blueberry ping!


11 posted on 02/01/2012 7:23:25 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: Techster

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!


12 posted on 02/01/2012 7:29:54 AM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: orsonwb

An interesting site and a welcome change from politics.


13 posted on 02/01/2012 7:33:20 AM PST by spaced
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To: orsonwb

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.


14 posted on 02/01/2012 7:49:16 AM PST by kidd
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To: orsonwb

Hmmmmm and the alkaline water . . . Sigh.

OK, back to the drawing board.

Now to find the proper mulch etc.


15 posted on 02/01/2012 7:53:10 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: Quix

Yeah, once I read it doesn’t tolerate alkaline water I gave up on that idea.


16 posted on 02/01/2012 8:22:24 AM PST by Blue Highway
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To: kidd

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?


17 posted on 02/01/2012 8:41:36 AM PST by Claud
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To: Shery

Just go to the thread and click on reply (to JustaDumbBlonde) and ask her to put you on the ping list.

;-)


18 posted on 02/01/2012 8:46:46 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

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.


19 posted on 02/01/2012 8:47:02 AM PST by Claud
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To: orsonwb

Thanks, I want to plant blueberries and this will help.


20 posted on 02/01/2012 9:15:20 AM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell)
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To: Claud

Yes.
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.


21 posted on 02/01/2012 10:39:03 AM PST by kidd
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To: Claud

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.


22 posted on 02/01/2012 12:40:23 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Quix

Pine needles are about the best.


23 posted on 02/01/2012 1:15:47 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: TASMANIANRED

Thanks.

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.

pondering.

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.


24 posted on 02/01/2012 2:59:11 PM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: Quix

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.

http://backtoedenfilm.com/


25 posted on 02/01/2012 3:13:37 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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