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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
May 23, 2017 2:01 AM CST
I've almost never tinkered with raising or lowering the pH of my soil--I usually just go with what I got and try to grow things which are suited to it.

But I've been considering trying it for some large container plantings (specifically blueberries).

What do you do for these issues? I'm interested in getting personal feedback/experience.
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Phenolic
May 23, 2017 9:54 AM CST
Jai_Ganesha said:I've almost never tinkered with raising or lowering the pH of my soil--I usually just go with what I got and try to grow things which are suited to it.

But I've been considering trying it for some large container plantings (specifically blueberries).

What do you do for these issues? I'm interested in getting personal feedback/experience.


You could probably grow blueberries in peat (pH ~4.5) with sand (edit: most commercial sand is quartz-based sand and therefore fairly neutral and inert, I believe) added for drainage, since wild blueberries can be found growing in soil of a similar acidity.
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DaisyI
May 23, 2017 10:35 AM CST
Phenolic said:

You could probably grow blueberries in peat (pH ~4.5) with sand (edit: most commercial sand is quartz-based sand and therefore fairly neutral and inert, I believe) added for drainage, since wild blueberries can be found growing in soil of a similar acidity.


Yes, mix in some peat. But I'm not sure what the sand is for. Confused

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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
May 24, 2017 4:17 AM CST
I have noticed that real peat is getting harder to find. It might just be because I'm relatively new here and don't know exactly where to go yet..
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Weedwhacker
May 25, 2017 7:17 PM CST
I agree with the peat for the blueberries -- several years ago I planted 5 plants, thinking growing them would be simple because so many blueberries grow wild up here. Apparently the soil where I'm at, however, isn't very blueberry friendly, and I ended up put the plants in big pots with a mixture of spaghnum peat, potting soil, coir, and perlite -- and with a half a cup or so of "soil sulfur" added to each pot. They're finally really starting to take off -- hoping to actually get enough berries this year to do something with!

Jai, I usually get peat from our local feed and garden store, but I'm pretty sure Tractor Supply, and probably even Walmart, sell it as well. The stuff I get is in plastic wrapped "bales" and comes from Canada.
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
May 25, 2017 8:48 PM CST
Thank you. A few years ago I remember a gardening friend telling me that she bought a bale of it only to find out it was 20% peat and the rest was coconut coir.
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Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
May 31, 2017 5:56 AM CST
My Dad grew a row of blueberries once. He fed them doses of regular garden fertilizer. I tried to tell him they wanted more acidic soil but he never listened to me. Give your blueberries some regular fertilizer and some sulfur and they should be happy.

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