The Q&A Archives: Planting Blueberries

Question: What are the site and soil requirements for the best production of blueberries?

Answer: Blueberries grow best in full sunshine, in rich, moist, acidic soil. Rabbiteye blueberries are the best cultivars for your region; they're ideal for warm climates and will tolerate drier soil conditions than either Highbush or Lowbush plants. Blueberries are not self-fertile so you'll need two different cultivars in order to get berries. Have your soil tested (it's probably alkaline) and add sphagnum peat moss to help lower the pH to the required 4.5 - 5.2. You can further acidify the soil by mulching your plants with pine needles or oak leaves. Your blueberry plants will produce in about three years, and will reach maximum production in 6-8 years.

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