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Blueberry planting and after care instructions

Note: These steps work well for us. However, planting practices may vary in different locations of the country. Therefore, if you have any doubts or questions as to your particular area, contact your Agriculture Extension Service.

1. After your plants arrive, set them as soon as possible. If it is going o be awhile before you can plant, then heel them in or keep them in a cool, moist place.

2. Make sure your soil is loose and in good working condition before planting. Moisten the roots and be sure they do not dry out during planting.

3. Plants can be set any time during the dormant season. For fall planting, layers of straw mulch about two inches deep around each plant will control the upward push of the soil due to winter freezing and thawing. Mulch is advised if your winter temperatures drop lower than 15 F. Spring planting should be done as early as possible. Late planting will result in poor take off and higher loss rate of plants.

4. Do not use any kind of fertilizer that might burn or damage plants at any time of planting. Unless using Bio-Paks fertilizer click for Bio-Paks information wait until the plants are well established and growing before applying any fertilizer. Always keep it about 8" from the plant applying it in a band around the plant or broadcast it down the side of the row. Apply fertilizer following recommendations based on soil test. click for Soil test kit information If soil tests are not available, use about two tablespoonfuls per plant. This can be repeated in about 3 to 4 weeks.

The second year, apply a handful or 3/4 cup around each hill. If it is a hedgerow, apply fertilizer to early in the spring. Use a well-balanced fertilizer such as 13-13-13. Of course, mulch & organic materials are very good if you choose not to use a commercial fertilizer.

5. BLUEBERRIES: (plant two varieties for cross-pollination). Blueberries need a pH of 4.2-5.2. If necessary, add aluminum sulfate to increase soil acidity. Set plants 4' apart in rows 10' apart. We recommend using about one gallon of peat moss under and around each root system when planting. Also, mulch 3-4" deep around plants to help retain moisture and inhibit weed growth. Follow steps above for applying fertilizer.

After planting, cut off 1/3 of the top of the plant. For the next three years, cut off small weak lateral shoots and thin out excessive bushy growth. After three years, cut out 1/4 of the old wood.

6. Enjoy your blueberries for years to come.

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