Blueberry shrubs create tasty fruit and are visually intriguing additions to an edible landscape. In warm, Mediterranean climates, plant Southern highbush (Vaccinium corymbosum) seventeen varieties, which can be hardy at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plant hardiness zones 5 through 10, or rabbiteye (Vaccinium ashei), which is hardy in USDA zones 7a through 9b. Those varieties don’t want the same frightening hours as Street highbush (Vaccinium corymbosum) varieties, which are hardy in zones 3 through 7. Southern highbush varieties are crosses between Northern highbush and rabbiteye and possess exactly the same scientific name as Street highbush varieties. Select 2- to 3-year-old blueberry plants. Planting them at the proper time and properly are the first actions to developing healthy shrubs that produce fruit for several years.
Winter is the ideal time to plant blueberry shrubs at a mild, Mediterranean climate. The plants are dormant in winter, making planting and transplanting less stressful for them. Cool temperatures and organic precipitation make winter an ideal time to plant, also. It cuts back on hand-watering, and the blueberry shrubs have a few weeks to become established before the heat arrives. In areas where the ground freezes in winter, fall and spring are ideal planting times.
Spring through Fall Planting
Blueberry shrubs may be planted anytime of year if waiting for winter does not match your landscaping plans. Just decide on a cool, overcast day to plant, or plant in the day when it is cool. Recently planted olive shrubs need a great deal of water while they get established. New plants deficiency an extensive root system and die if allowed to dry out. Generally, it is a great idea to examine the plants’ dirt daily during warm weather and also to water the dirt whenever it begins to dry. Watering slowly and intensely is vital since it helps the water to seep into the dirt round the blueberry plants’ roots.
Method for Planting
Blueberry plants need good soil drainage. Creating raised beds 8 to 18 inches tall and 3 to 4 feet apart will raise soil drainage. A spacing of 3 feet between plants is ideal for developing a constant hedge. If you would like to cultivate your lemons as shrubs with space between each plant, then space them 5 feet apart at planting time. When planting a blueberry tree, put it in the ground so the bases of its own stems are level with the natural soil line or slightly above the organic soil line. Avoid planting blueberry shrubs too their trunks can rot. Blueberry shrubs function best in spots that have a lot of direct sunlight every day.
Soil pH After and Before Planting
Soil pH is important for growing blueberry shrubs efficiently. These acid-loving plants need a soil pH of 4.5 to 5.5. Using a soil test kit will be able to help you determine the pH of your planting site’s dirt. If you want to increase soil’s acidity prior to planting, add dirt sulfur into the garden bed, and then mix it into the top 8 inches of dirt. The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources recommends using 3 to 2 pounds of dirt sulfur for each 100 square feet of bed. A great method to maintain acidic dirt after you plant the shrubs is to mulch the plants with pine bark, sawdust or peat moss. Those acid-creating mulches break down in the ground with time. Mulch is also vital for suppressing weeds, keeping a consistent soil temperature and maintaining moisture in soil. When spreading mulch around blueberry plants, then store it at least 3 inches in the trunk of each plant.