Carter’s Garden Blog


How to care for my Blueberries | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I had a phone call today with a great client about what to do for his Blueberries. Its getting into late Winter. close to early Spring and he wants to be ready! Of course one of the most important things to remember when growing blueberry plants is that they need a very low PH (acidic 4.5 – 5.5 or so) to grow well & thrive. So yearly you have to check PH and usually add an acidifier like Sulfur, Aluminum Sulfate, Ammonium Sulfate, etc… I usually opt for the organic sulfur because I am eating these 🙂 AND, I think it gives a better, sweeter taste.

I recommend using an Organic Acidifier (Sulfur) to keep the PH low (4.5 – 5.5 or so). This will make for healthy, vigorous Blueberries | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Trimming and pruning for shape and spacing is good to do over the next month or so too. Remove any deas or damaged branches and clean up fallen debris etc. Keep the area clean and mulch with crushed pine bark or pine needles.

Blueberries are a very rewarding plant. Beautiful, hardy & the fruit is so tasty and healthy! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

If your planting in our area, initial soil prep is key! Build up beds a little to aid in drainage. Till in some peat and some organic compost. Apply sulfur as needed based on PH test.

Using the right varieties is huge too! Always choose Southern Rabbit eye varieties for success in our area. A few of my favorites are – Premier, Tifblue, Powder Blue & Climax. Fertilize with an organic fertilizer for fruit in late Winter/early Spring. Then I feed several times throughout the season with an organic compost tea and side dress mid season with a little composted manure. Mulching is very important too! Try crushed pine bark or pine needles. Both are acidic and work well.

Spring is Coming!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
www.cartercountry.com

 


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