It seems like there is alot of variance in advice on planting blueberries in sun or in shade.....I'm in northeast Massachsetts - zone 6. i'm planting high bush varieties lick chandler, patriots, blue crop....
The guy giving me advice says that a fair amount of shade is OK. But everything I read says they want alot of sun - at least 6-7 hours worth.
Just wondering if anyone out there can offer some advice. I'm planting these because I want to get blueberries....so i want them in optimal conditions. I had a spot picked out - but it is pretty shady there.
following, since I can't seem to catch a break with blueberries. I've had them everywhere and they seem uniformly unhappy (shade, sun, good drainage, wet, whatever). So far the best one is in a pot, but all of them lose all their leaves and flowers regularly. (i am in zone 9b, and I realize I'm probably pushing it heat wise, but I refuse to give up. they are bought locally, so I know they can survive here)
From my experiences with blueberries, they seem to prefer mostly sunny, moist locations with lots of organic matter in the soil. They will fruit if they are in some shade, but the more shade they get, the less they will fruit, and they seem to be more susceptible to late frosts in the shade.
I've cooked a few plants that didn't make it during our hot summer droughts, that were growing in full sun and sandy soil.
This thread discusses growing blueberries in some shade.
soil is key factor for northern high bush--you need acid soil
in your part of the world, glacial till with probably loam on top. can be great. i've made soil for those blueberries in that climate. i dug out the loam, and replaced with good blended mixture of peat moss and sand/gravel 50/50 on top of slope for good drainage. they will grow just about anywhere there with fertile well drained acid soil.---you need acid soil, that is one of the keys to northern high bush blueberries. dont let them dry out when getting established but dont flood them either. after first year or so you can side dress with pine bark or pine wood chips. to keep weeds down. one thing about them is they will produce good crop year after year with very little to no attention once established, except maybe netting to keep birds out. i know there are some great new rabbit eye varieties for southern climates but i don't know anything about them
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