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5 easy tips for a productive blueberry bush

Cultivating a blueberry bush can seem like a daunting task. However here are 5 easy ways to get your blueberry bush off to a great start!

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  1. Get good soil acidity by using a combination of pine bark fines and peat moss – a proportion of 3 to 1 is ideal. That would be 3 pounds pine bark fines to 1 pound peat moss. Once thoroughly mixed the bush will do fine growing in this medium.
  2. Use a container with very good drainage. It would be wise to add extra holes to the bottom of a 15 gallon pot – as blueberry bushes are very susceptible to root rot. The excess water more often than not will lead to soil diseases like root rot – which will cause your bush to die!
  3. Do not Fertilize until 2 months of growth. Fertilizing early or use of too much fertilizer will get you a luscious green bush with very little fruit.
  4. Place the bush in full sun. Bushes need the sun to help the leaves manufacture fruit.
  5. Leave the bush alone! Nature- once given the proper conditions and time will amaze you.

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FL blueberries – side by side

Southern Highbush blueberryRabbiteye blueberry
grow 4-6 feet tallgrow 8-10 feet tall
flower in februaryflower in March
need frost protectionmay NOT need frost protection
need 3 to 5% organic matter in soilrequire less organic matter in soil
susceptible to some soil diseasessusceptible to less soil diseases
generally larger berriesmedium to large berries
resistant to foliar diseasesresistant to foliar diseases

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