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Question: I want to plant the shorter varieties of blueberries in large pots. What kind of soil should I use. Also how do I fertilize them? Is it OK to move blueberry plants that are already in the ground? When and how. thanks. I haven't had much luck so far. ( Which is why I want to move the ones I have and plant new ones in pots.

Answer: The best blueberry soils are acidic (pH below 5.5) and very sandy. Blueberries will also grow in soils high in organic matter, such as a peat type of soil. In youe containers, plant in a 50/50 mixture of regular potting soil and peat moss. Mix it together well and then plant your blueberries. You can transplant the blueberry plants you have in the garden, or you can plant new ones in your containers. Blueberries won't mind being dug and transplanted in the fall or in the early spring months.

Bluecrop is a commonly planted cultivar in New York. It has good flavor and fruit size and firmness. It has high yield potential and is hardy in most of NY. Blueray is also one of the more widely planted cultivars in New York. Fruit size is very good with good flavor and high yield potential. Chippewa is a very winter hardy cultivar that is productive with large firm fruit. This is a smaller vareitie than the others so it might be worth a try.

You can feed your containerized blueberry plants with a half strength dilution of an acidified water soluable fertilizer such as Miracid. Feed every 4 weeks from spring through summer.

Enjoy your blueberries!

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