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Can I Plant Blueberries, Raspberries and Blackberries Under Pine Trees?

 
Dana Jones
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We just bought 8 acres and I have a nice open spot for the future garden. On one end is several tall pines about 15 to 20 feet apart. There is a nice lovely pine straw mat underneath them. They are in sort of a north-south line. There is shade and sun underneath them. Would this be a good place for raspberries, black berries and blueberries? The blueberry farms here in east Texas are all out in open sunshine, the blueberries, if not topped will grow to over 20 feet tall, a nice little tree, but I can't reach that high!

I was recently given a white blackberry plant from the Luther Burbank garden in California and I want to make sure I plant it in the perfect spot. Would under these trees, or close by be a good place for it? I also want to plant regular tame black berries, but will separate them by some distance. I just hate to cut these trees, but want to utilize that space. They are close to the house and so pretty!

And what about planting the berries close to cedars? We have lots of cedars, but the branches grow low to the ground, so couldn't plant under them, but what about close by?

Thanks for your help!!
 
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Dana,
Since there are pine trees, I assume you have a lot of acid in your soil. Do you have any idea what the ph is? Blues do love acidity, but there is a limit and that beautiful pine straw only adds more. They want early morning sunshine and can stand late afternoon shade, but must have 7 hours of sun. In addition, what is your soil like? CA has a sandy base and low humidity for the most part, so in my home in VA where we have clay based soil & loads of humidity, I won't consider bringing over plant from the west coast. As you add plants, if at all possible get them locally so they don't have to struggle to adapt.
hope this helps and best of luck with you new land!!
M.
 
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Thanks for the response! The soil is sand. Like beach dune sand, low on humus. I have my work cut out for me. Haven't tested soil for anything yet. I don't think they would get enough sun under those pine trees. I might have to take them down......I'll have to study on that. It takes so long to grow a tree, that I have to really consider the outcome before I cut one down. I might have to plant berries somewhere else.
 
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