Blueberry plant

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I got a small Blueberry plant from a garden center that was closing in Sept. Its in a 6" pot and it was about a foot tall with a few berries on it when I got it. I live on the line between 5-6 St Louis area and I know I need to acidify (is that the right word??) the soil so I got some aluminum sulfate but I never did anything with this guy. Should I plant it now or WHEN??? The temp around here now is about 25 F. Educate Me thanks Joe Mc
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Hi,
Now is not the time to plant it, wait till the spring. keep it in a very cool place.(such as a garage. put the pot into a larger one with more soil around it .cover the soil with straw or something and around the sides of the pot) pick off the berries and plant it next spring. with a shovel full of peat moss in the hole. ( dig a hole twice the height and 1 1/2 times the width )don't add lime around this plant.
another thing is that you will need a different blueberry plant ( I am assuming it is highbush plant) for them to pollinated off each other. ( I have patroit highbush and Jersary) but any two different ones will do.
feritize 3 times during the growing season. ( compost, chicken droppings whatever just no lime) and pick off all blooms for 3 years~! you will want all the energy to go into the ground and for the plant to grow large. and you will have a huge supply of blueberries.
highbush blueberry can grow in a even 3 b zone. so you are quite safe
don't forget to use peat moss. you won't need anything in the soil (and in fact it is better if you don't add to your soil with anything else when you first plant it) and make sure it gets plenty of water and full sun
Hope this helps! :) Lynn
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Lynn is correct, but I would like to add the following. I would have my soil tested before adding anything to it. Blueberries like a pH of about 4.5 - 5.0. They grow in Arkansas at 6.0. They grow wild in Alaska and Northern Michigan. In my yard here in NW Kansas the soil is nearly neutral (6.9 - 7.2). Once you find out what your is, you will have a place to start.
They sell azalea additive for dropping the pH. Hopefully yours will already be a pH of 6 or lower and you wont have to do that much.
Dwayne

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Yeah,
I had to add sulfer to acidify my heavy clay soil. Also shredded bark and bark nuggets are good for acidification. Blueberries love an acid soil, and they like to have their root system (which is very shallow and quite extensive) moist ALL of the time. You can also grow quite large bushes (8 feet) in pots like 1/2 a whisky barrel. Yours sounds like it might be a dwarf variety. I have those growing in pots on the deck and bring them in for the winter.

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Farmer Joe Wrote:

Hi!! I have several blueberry plants along the fron of my house like hedge. I put pine needles around them to give them the acid that the like. Mine seem to love it. A lot of people will rake up their pin needles and put them in bags so I can get an abundance of them. I live in NE Arkansas and they grow great here. Mar
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Where have you kept the plant since it was bought? Outside? In the garage? Under a carport?
I/d keep it outside, in a sunny, sheltered location out of the wind. Throw some pine or leaf mulch up and around the pot to keep the soil from drying. Plant it when the average daytime temperature is around 50F or if you see the plant beginning to leaf-out. Once it/s in the ground and leafing-out, I/d give it a dose of fish emulsion every week. Avoid using water that/s been softened.
Best of luck!
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