Planting Blueberries

Blueberries are acid lovers and they HATE rich soil. They also hate drying out and getting their feet too wet. Thats the really really simple version.

 

When you buy your new blueberry plants, they will arrive in a pot. Hopefully, if you've followed our advice, they'll be in a 2 litre pot or larger. They can now be either potted on to a larger pot, if you're in a chalky, alkaline area; or planted into the ground if you're lucky enough to have acid soil where rhododendrons and azaleas thrive.

 

Feeding Blueberries

We're often told very proudly about how a keen gardener has bought some blueberries from somewhere and planted them out in the garden. They should do well, we're told, because they've put plenty of muck around them.

Argghhh! we say, with great expression. Get it OFF!

Blueberries have very fine root hairs which are easily damaged by high levels of nutrition, espcially of the nitrate form or ammonium. Putting any muck anywhere near blueberries is the equivalent of you jumping into a nice fizzing bath of battery acid. DONT DO IT!

 

Blueberries obtain much of their nutrients from the soil and air around them, using micorrhiza to support that relationship. Its true that adding small volumes of slow release, ericaceous fertiliser, in Spring. We recommend Miracle Gro's ericaceous fertiliser CLICK HERE

 

Watering Blueberries

Don't over-do the watering. Blueberries dont like being flooded for long periods, but nor do they like drying out too much either. Just keep the soil nice and moist and you'll be rewarded wit fabulous growth and great big berries.

There are many places which instruct you to water only with rainwater. Whilst this is recommended, if your water butt has run out and no rain is in sight dont hesitate to use tap water, regardless of whether its hard or soft. The theory behind this is that the plants would rather have ANY water rather than none. Over the course of the year the plant will derive most of its moisture from natural sources.