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What are expert tips for how to grow blueberries?

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Expert tips for growing blueberries include using well-drained soil that has the optimal pH. If this soil is difficult to obtain, it is possible to plant blueberries in pots and containers instead.

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What are expert tips for how to grow blueberries?
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Planting blueberries in containers is a great alternative to the traditional garden bed If there is little room for planting or the soil is poorly drained. When planting in a container, the gardener should supplement potting medium with peat moss to facilitate drainage. Because the pH of water can affect blueberry growth, it should be tested and taken into account; optimal pH of the soil should be between 4.5 and 5.5. Blueberry bushes planted in a garden bed need to be spaced at least 2 feet apart to account for future growth.

Blueberry plants need plenty of water to grow because of their shallow roots. Larger containers or garden beds require additional water. Once the plants are established, the soil must be covered with between 2 and 4 inches of mulch to introduce nutrients to the soil, keep the soil moist and inhibit weed growth. Experts recommend using organic mulch, such as compost, grass clippings and bark mulch. The plants should only be fertilized twice a year, in early spring and late spring. Too much fertilizer can harm the plants.

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