Planting Blueberry Bushes
gryphon Posts: 17
in Fruit & veg
Hi, I hope to have a bit of ground ready to attempt my first ever try at growing. I will be buying 5 mixed 2 year old Blueberry bushes. I've done a bit of reading into planting, some say not to plant till October.
Being 2 year old bushes i should be able to plant any time can't .
Also any tips for a first time grower of Blueberries.
I grow all of mine in large containers in a mix which includes ericaceous compost gryphon as they require acid soil and mine is neutral. If you do have acid soil (pH 4.5 is ideal) then they need good drainage and a lot of organic material. What kind of soil do you have?
Bob, digging the ground over it looks fine. I am waiting on the arrival of a pH tester before i make the final decision.
Fingers crossed on the pH testing results. If it is only slightly acidic you can add a lot of ericaceous compost to lower the pH but soil will always revert to it's natural pH over time so you will have to mulch with more ericaeous compost each year. If your soil is alkaline then that method won't work well and you would be best to use containers. The bushes need a lot of nitrogen at the beginning of their life to promote strong new growth and then you can use a liquid ericaceous plant food later to help produce good crops.
If my soil is ok am i ok to plant in the next couple of weeks.
Yep, you can plant potted bushes at any time. Keep them well watered as blueberries should never be allowed to dry out and it can take some time for the roots to grow into the surrounding soil after being in a pot.
Acid soil needed. More than one variety for cross pollination. Nets to stop birds eating them before you do.
Well, it looks like i'm getting conflicting pH readings along the first patch i intend to use. Stuck the meter in at several different points, i'm getting a few readings of 4/5 a couple at 6 and a few at 1/2. It might be the meter.
I bought one of those to go with the ones I already have, which is Top Hat from Parkers, the Lidls one had no name but the berries are much bigger than the top hat.