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  • Blueberries - Choosing, Planting and Care Tips

    Here are some great ideas for choosing, planting caring for Blueberries.

     

    Blueberries are a great shrub that provides year-round interest in the garden

    • Spring: Beautiful, little white bell-shaped flowers
    • Summer: Plump, juicy berries
    • Fall: Foliage turns a stunning red-ish purple depending on the variety
    • Winter: Blueberries are a deciduous shrub so you’ll have great red/brown twigs

    When choosing your blueberries you should try to get two different varieties

    • Planting different blueberry varieties helps them cross pollinate which will mean a more abundant blueberry crop
    • Also, having different varieties means you’ll get blueberries at different times and get berries that taste different

    Planting your blueberries is easy

    • Plant your blueberries in an area that receives full sun or partial sun
      • This is an area that receives at least 6 hours of sun, preferably in the afternoon
      • Blueberries love acid soil so make sure to amend the native soil with Pike Azalea, Camellia and Gardenia Soil at a 50/50 ratio
      • Today we’re going to plant our blueberries in a pot using Pike Potting and Container Soil
      • Fill the pot about half way with Pike Potting and Container Soil
      • Add a handful of EB Stone Sure Start to the potTake your favorite blueberry, remove it from its container and place it into the center of the pot
        • This will give the plant added nutrients and prevent transplant shock
      • Next, fill in around the plant with more Pike Potting and Container Soil and tap the soil as you’re doing this to remove any air pockets
      • Lastly, water your blueberry thoroughly so the water goes all the way down to the roots

    Caring for your new blueberries is easy

    • Make sure to keep you blueberry watered
      • The soil should be just moist to the touch
      • Be sure to feed your new blueberry with an acidic, organic fertilizer like EB Stone Azalea, Camellia & Gardenia Food
      • Simply take a handful of the fertilizer and spread it around the top and work into the soil a bit
      • Water thoroughly

     

    Blueberries are easy-to-grow and will reward you with healthy, sweet berries. Stop by your neighborhood Pike Nurseries and we’ll help you select the perfect blueberry plants for your garden or even help you select a variety ideal for a pot.

     

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