How to Plant Blueberries

Blueberries are a really laid back plant. Do you love blueberries and want a low maintenance plant in your backyard ? Then blueberry plants are for you. Blueberries love an acidic soil with a pH between and 4.0 to 5.0. If you want to be a little high maintenance, you could always send a soil sample to your county extension service to determine the pH in your back yard. It is a fairly simple process and doesn’t cost much. Otherwise, we suggest picking up a few bags of peat moss to plant your blueberry plants in. Follow a few simple steps to grow some happy blueberry plants!

  1. Purchase your plants from a reputable nursery ( we suggest 2 to 3 year old plants) and a few bags of peat moss or milled pine bark.

  2. Dig a hole 1 ft deep with a 2 1/2 ft to 3 ft diameter.

  3. Remove 1/3 to 1/2 of the soil and mix the remaining soil in your hole with your peat moss.

  4.  Remove the mixed soil and create a flat surface for your plant at the bottom of the hole.

  5. Place your plant in the hole and cover up with your peat moss or milled pine bark mixture.

  6. Space remaining plants 4 ft to 6 ft apart in order for plants to have enough room to grow.

  7. Space rows of blueberries between 8 ft to 10 ft apart.

If you are planning to plant several rows of bushes, then you would definitely want to have your soil tested to determine the pH. If it was determined that you had a high pH , you would want to spread sulfur 6 months in advance in your field to ensure the soil pH has time to lower to 4.0- 5.0.

For any other questions about planting blueberries give us a call or send us an email! We’d be happy to talk to you about any concerns or questions about growing organic blueberries.