The Q&A Archives: planting fruit trees

Question: where to start with planting fruit trees. Is there a diference in blueberry bushes?

Answer: Fruit trees thrive in full sunshine, in well draining soils. Once you've found the right planting site, dig a hole larger than the root mass of your new trees to loosen the soil, place a mound of soil in the bottom of the hole to drape the roots over, place the tree so it's growing at the same level it was growing in the container, and then backfill, gently tamping the soil down to eliminate air pockets. Then water well and plan to supply about one-inch of water per week.

There is a difference in blueberries. Three types of blueberries are grown in Georgia: rabbiteye, southern highbush, and northern highbush. Rabbiteyes are adapted statewide, but low chilling rabbiteyes should not be planted in the mountains because they bloom too early. Southern highbush are best adapted to south Geogia, except for a few new higher-chilling cultivars such as ?Ozark Blue' and ?Reveille'. Northern highbush are best adapted to the mountain highlands.

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