Planting and Care of Blueberries
Yes, we can grow blueberries here! Here are some helpful tips and tricks to be successful!Â
- Planting and Care of Blueberries Blueberries need a pollinator. This means that 2 different varieties are required to get fruit production. And of course pollinators such as bees are helpful!
- Landons carries blueberries in containers. To plant containers, dig the hole only as deep as the roots you have there and twice as wide. After taking the plant out of the pot, break up the roots quite well. Circling roots are bad! Moist well drained soil is the preferred growing medium for them as well.
- Blueberries love acidic soils. Unfortunately our clay and alkaline soils do not provide the acidity they need so we have to help them out a little bit.
- When planting blueberries, we recommend heavily amending the soil with peat moss. Peat moss has a great acidic value. This will help feed your blueberries with the acidity they need. Peat moss may have a great acidic value but has no measurable nutrient value so it is recommended to fertilize your blueberries. Eventually, the acidic value of the peat moss is depleted. When this happens, Landons recommends giving your blueberries an acidic fertilizer. (Details in â€œFertilizingâ€)
- Blueberries do not like to be blasted by the hot afternoon sun. In fact, they can handle partial shade! Landons recommends that they be planted in a spot that gets good morning to early afternoon sun but is protected by those harsh afternoon rays.
When fertilizing blueberries, there are 3 different fertilizers that will work. A lot of choices I know but they all have a specific job.
- The first is Jackâ€™s All Purpose Fertilizer 20-20-20. This fertilizer is water soluble and will feed your blueberries with equal parts of NPK. (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium)
- The second fertilizer recommended is also water soluble and will increase fruit production specifically. This fertilizer has a high middle number or Phosphorus level, which targets flower production which in turn increases fruit production. That product is called Jackâ€™s Blossom Booster Fertilizer 10-30-20.
- The third option has more than one form. One is a water soluble fertilizer and is called Jackâ€™s Acid Special Fertilizer 17-6-6. This fertilizer will help with acidity that the plant needs with a tiny bit on Nitrogen. The other is a granular fertilizer and is called Espoma Organic Soil Acidifier. This fertilizer needs scratched in the soil and will leach in every time you water.
Â And of course if you have any additional questions on care, pruning, planting, or purchasing, our Nursery staff is always available with a helping hand and a smile! Happy Planting!