The Q&A Archives: Planting Blueberry Bushes in FL

Question: Where do you plant blueberry bushes so that they will live, grow large and produce berries? S. Higginbotham Titusville, FL

Answer: Blueberries need very fertile, very well drained, acidic soil, with a pH of between 4 and 5.5. They require full sun and daily water, especially when fruiting. You should plant more than one variety as they require cross pollination. Apply compost or slow acting general purpose fertilizer in the spring. (Manure tends to be alkaline, which will raise your soil pH level.) Spray the plants with liquid seaweed extract 2-3 times during the growing season. Try growing Southern varieties or rabbiteye blueberries in Florida. The following nursery carries a good selection, Hartman's Plantation 310, 60th St. Grand Junction, MI 49056 616-253-4281

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