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How to Plant a Blueberry Bush:
Plant a few blueberry bushes this year to reap the rewards next year! Blueberry plants are easy to grow and also serve as nice ornamental shrubs in the garden. Here are a few tips to how to plant a blueberry with success:
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Select a sunny location in well drained soil that is free of weeds. If planting early in the season, make sure that your soil is ready to be worked first before planting.
Locate your blueberry bushes in an area where irrigation water is available as best results will be obtained by keeping the root zone moist throughout the growing season. Where the soil is poor or marginally drained, raised beds 3-4 feet wide and 8-12 inches high work very well for blueberries.
The key to a good blueberry crop is to properly prepare the soil 1st before you start planting! A fail safe way to grow blueberries in almost any soil is to incorporate peat moss into the planting medium. For planting directly in the ground, work up a planting area approximately 2½ feet in diameter and 1 foot deep. Remove 1/3 to ½ of the soil. Add an equal amount of pre-moistened peat moss and mix well. One 4 cubic foot compressed bale will usually be sufficient for 4-5 plants. Remember, blueberries thrive in acidic soils.
Blueberries can be planted as close as 2½ feet apart to form solid hedgerows or spaced up to 6 feet apart and grown as individual specimens. If planted in rows, allow 8 to 10 feet between the rows depending on equipment used for mowing or cultivating.
To plant the blueberry bush, remove the plant from the pot and lightly roughen up the exterior rootball. Place the top soil line of the pot approximately 1/2 inch higher than the the ground level. Mound the prepared soil up along the sides of the roots and around the base of the plant. Water well.