TCLynx Hatfield wrote:The guy where I got my blueberries said plant in Full sun. He also mentioned to plant them away from foundations and any other concrete since they like acid soil and the concrete affects the pH too high for too long.
I've had people complain about their blueberries never thriving and how they can't keep the soil acid enough for them and never even realize that it was the sidewalk, foundation or driveway that was actually giving them the problem.
The Mother in laws blueberries don't do all that much but they are planted in the shade so a few hand fulls of berries is all she expects from them a year.
Paul Cereghino wrote: I assume the blueberry's preferences suggest that it is tolerant of the nutrient inavailability associated wtih low pH (Mo, P, Ca, Mg), while intolerant of the nutrient deficiencies of high pH (Fe Mn). However, most every plant we eat grows best in a well structured, deep, organically rich soil, moist but well drained soil. However by playing the tolerances of plants, we can get yield from places where that can only be achieved with unacceptable or unsustainable effort. ... I seem to remember that lots of ericaceous plants are strong mycorrhizal assocaites. And we have lots of wild blueberry relatives growing around here that love growing in rotting wood. I wonder if blueberries are a natural forsome variation on hugelculture?
TCLynx Hatfield wrote: The local grower where we got our plants said oak leaves were great mulch for them too and they recommend azalea fertilizer for them (if you were going to buy bagged fertilizer that is) But basically saying what is good for azaleas is apparently good for blueberries.
Ken Peavey wrote: Pine needles will do well for blueberries. They love acid soil.
coffee grounds from cafes have typically had almost all the acid removed from them by the brewing process.
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