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How do you grow Bluecrop blueberries?

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Bluecrop blueberries require a slightly acidic soil pH, between 4.5 and 5.5, to thrive. Plant them in a sunny spot with rich, well-draining soil for best results. You need some mulch, a pH test and mesh coverings to get started.

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  1. Find the ideal location

    Purchase a pH testing kit and use it to determine your site's pH, and amend the soil with soil sulfur if needed. Avoid planting in overly wet places. If the spot you've chosen has puddles that persist 5 hours after a heavy rain, raise the bed and add 3 inches of peat moss. You can plant your bushes in 36-inch containers filled with slightly acidic soil if the conditions are too damp.

  2. Protect and nurture new plants

    Plant the bush and cover the ground with 3-inch-deep mulch. Clear the stem of mulch, 1 inch around, for air circulation. Keep the new plants moist, but don't over water. Cover the bush with mesh netting before it blooms to prevent insect infestations and crop loss due to wildlife.

  3. Prune the bush when necessary

    Perform restorative pruning with clean, disinfected pruners every 5 or 6 years to encourage new growth. Remove older stems from the ground and cut any damaged, diseased or dead branches back to healthy ones. Cut back branches that bend, and break up clusters.

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