Soil Preparation For Highbush Blueberry Plants

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Choosing the correct site to grow a highbush blueberry plant is very important. The plant needs full sunlight and protection from heavy winds, and has real soil tolerances to consider.

High bush blueberry plants prefer soil that is rich in organic matter. The soil should also be well draining, so avoid areas where water tends to collect or stand in pools. Highbush blueberries also do not do well in heavy clay, adding peat moss or compost to soil will help to make a richer and more accomodating for the blueberry plant.

In addition, for a highbush blueberry plant to grow well, the soil should have a pH value of 4.5-5.2. If the ground has a higher PH, it is recommended you add sulfur or aluminum sulfate to lower the level. If your soil is sandy, whatever the pH balance, consider that you will only need about half as much of these mitigation products as you will if the soil is made up of more dense soil, like clay. It may be advisable to have your soil analyzed by a professional and follow their recommendations.

Preparing soil to grow highbush blueberry plants takes a bit of work, but is well worth it when you taste the delicious flavor of the fruit.