Planting Instructions Blueberry - Knowledgebase Question

Manor, PA
Question by sassison
August 15, 2000
planting instructions and soil preparation for starting
new blueberrys

Answer from NGA
August 15, 2000


Blueberries have very specific requirements that must be met in order for them to thrive and bear a good crop. Blueberries need fertile, humusy, evenly moist and yet very well drained, acidic
soil. The pH should be between 4 and 5.5 and a soil test is the best
way to determine your soil's pH. When improving the soil, you may need to use organic matter that is naturally somewhat acidic, such as partially decayed oak leaves, peat moss, or pine
needles along with some sand or grit to improve the drainage. Many gardeners find it desirable to grow their blueberries in a slighly raised bed in areas where the soil is naturally heavy. Your county extension (837-1402) can help you with testing your soil to determine if it is suitable for blueberries, and also help you figure out the best methods to improve it based on the soil test results.

Blueberries require full sun during fruiting, and many varieties grow to a rather large mature size. It's best to plant more than one variety as cross pollination helps with the yield; most suppliers will indicate which varieties are good to plant together. Your county extnesion may also have some suggestions as to which types do best in your local area. At planting, follow the instructions from your supplier to remain within their guarantee guidelines.

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