Chris’ Corner



       Spring is finally here! On the 20th  of this month, our vernal equinox has equal daylight hours as night time hours and spring starts!  Plants and trees begin to flower, and the birds start signing!  On the 21st of March the daytime hours overtake the nighttime hours as we march towards summer; one of my favorite times of the year to plant blueberries!

     It is so easy.  All you need are two 20-gallon containers, two differing varieties of blueberry cultivars, and a mixture of 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 G & B Acid Planting Mix, and 1/3 medium sized orchid bark.  Blueberries like an acid growing substrate with a pH of 5 to 5.5.  Blueberries do not like our alkaline soil, so please plant them in those containers.  Give them full sun until July, and then give them partial sun exposure.  Keep them a few feet apart for proper pollination.  Two differing varieties are best.  I usually recommend “South Moon” as the best.  It is a high bush variety with blueberries that can get to the same size as a five-cent nickel!  I like to use “Misty” as the pollinator.  As a fertilizer, I like to use Down to Earth acid fertilizer 4-3-6, and supplement with soil sulfur twice a year and top dress with coffee grounds as often as I can get them.  Once a year I supplement with “Grow More Citrus Growers Blend” with organically chelated Fe, Zn, Mn, Cu (Iron, Zinc, Manganese, Copper) or one could choose rock dust as either will enhance flavor and increase brix levels (sugars).  Blueberries are perennial and will last several years.  Of course, we carry all of the above said products and blueberries, so come on in!

Happy Growing!

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