Blueberries And Soil Acidity - Knowledgebase Question

Westmont, IL
Question by jpantke
April 24, 2000
I have 2 blueberry plants that I will plant in a container, and the instructions recommend a soil with greater acidity, between 4.0 and 5.0. How do I do this?


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Answer from NGA
April 24, 2000

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Blueberries need very fertile, very well drained, acidic soil, with a pH of between 4 and 5.5. To make garden soil more acidic, add partially decayed oak leaves, peat moss, or pine needles.

Blueberries require full sun during fruiting, probably daily water. It's best to plant more than one variety as cross pollination helps with the yield. Apply compost or slow acting general purpose fertilizer each spring to help keep the soil acidic.

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