Help with (unplanned) Blueberries

HomeSlice5174(6)March 24, 2014

A friend of mine ordered some blueberry plants online, and has more than he has room to grow. He's offered me about a dozen for free, and I'd love to take them. They're a mix of bluecrop and blueray IIRC.

He said that they need some pretty acidic soil, which a brief read here seems to confirm. Our vegetable garden regularly tests between 6.5-7, so I don't think they'll do well if I just chuck them into the dirt.

Does anyone have a recommendation for quickly dropping the ph of my soil to give these things a chance? Alternatively, I suppose I could try to grow them in pots or 5-gal buckets for this year and plant them into the ground in the fall. If we go the potted route, I'll still need both a way to get decent soil for the pots as well as reliably drop the ph of my native soil over the summer.

Please offer any advice - we're not set on organic processes or materials.

Thanks in advance.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Bradybb WA-Zone8

Hi Homeslice,
The quickest way to drop your soil pH is with some kind of acid,either vinegar,which doesn't last too long or Sulfuric are some to use.By using a lot of Peat moss mixed with Pine and or Fir bark mulch will help.That's all I use in containers for a "soil". Brady

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 10:21PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
riverman1

Dig hole 15 inches deep, 30 inches across. Mix hole with 50% or more peat moss which has a low ph. Plant your bb plants, stand back and watch em grow. This is what I did with all my plants years ago and they are thriving. I test the soil ph each spring, if too high fertilize with a handful of ammonium sulf a couple times during the growing season. Blueberries grow great in 100% peat so don't be afraid to use it. A close friend has potted plants in 100% peat that are 5 years old and doing fine.

RM

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 10:40PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
HomeSlice5174(6)

Oh great, thanks a bunch!

I've got peat, and watering w/ diluted vinegar doesn't sound too bad. I was a bit worried because my friend has been incorporating sulfur for two years to get his ph down.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 10:51PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
riverman1

I never use acid or vinegar and my ph is currently too low so I'm working to bring it back up. I do, however add apples in the fall around my bushes which drops the ph considerably. I won't be doing that for awhile. Use peat and mix it well into your native soil and your plants will do great. Keep them moist, make sure they get good sun.

RM

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 11:20PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ericwi

If you are located in Indiana, you might consider visiting the web-site operated by "backyardberryplants" over near Bloomington, Indiana. He is growing blueberries organically, in raised berms. I mention this because he very likely is dealing with the same soil and climate that you are dealing with.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 10:10AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
HomeSlice5174(6)

Oh great, thanks. I'll check that site out. Bloomington is

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 11:28AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Adrift-in-beauty(9b)

My fl soil has a rather high ph and very slow drainage so I mixed well composted palm pine and oak mulch with coffee grounds and miracle grow for cactus and citrus.... they have been in the ground two weeks and I tryed pulling a brown lead of and almost pulled the plant out of the ground ....... how do I fix that one and is it because it been raining really bad ..

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 12:12PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Bradybb WA-Zone8

A-i-b,
Is that a brown lead or leaf?If it is,cut it off with pruners.The roots need to grow more and anchor the plant. Brady

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 10:27PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Adrift-in-beauty(9b)

Leaf sorry my phone is impossible to type on

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 11:05AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Adrift-in-beauty(9b)

Leaf sorry my phone is impossible to type on

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 11:07AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
KNNN espalier planting
Hi - I just planted some 1 year bare root apple trees....
Jamie Cartwright
Suburban backyard "orchard" (Z6 SE NY)
Hello all. I have a new to me house and yard (Zone...
cottage_cheese_z6ny
Restoring old and neglected apricot trees. Help!
We moved into a new home in the middle of last summer...
monibucky
can you scrape off canker
i've read that when growing season is strong, such...
johndoug
Blue Berries-acid soil and other vegetable plants
I have been growing blue berry plants intermixed with...
RonCz
Sponsored Products
Darby Springs Rug 10' x 14' - SILVER
Horchow
Echo Valley Gardening Bobblehead Gnome Statue - EV4193
$39.95 | Hayneedle
Reverb Premium Office Chair in Gray
$299.00 | LexMod
Amira Rug 5' x 8'
$499.00 | Horchow
Hermes Bookends - Black Zebra Marble - BE45-BZ
$89.99 | Hayneedle
Koko Company Red/Fuchsia Duvet Cover - 91115
$292.99 | Hayneedle
Platinum Paver Rug 8'6" x 11'6" - PLATINUM
$2,199.00 | Horchow
Amira Runner 2'3" x 8'
$299.00 | Horchow
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™