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Ok i bought a blueberry bush....2 questions

i saw them at walmart for a great price..5.00 we just bought our house so im excited always wanted blueberry bushes..anyways cant plant till april or may which is fine we have snow right now lol.. my question is simple but stupid...do i have to water this bush actully its more like a stick lol.. or do i do all that after its planted. my second question is...is there a certin soil mixture you use that would work with this..it says u need fertilizer and i know some mixtures come with it..like mirical grow has plant food..so what would you ladies recomend to use for a blueberry bush/stick lol. any info is helpful im new at this and my thumb is not very green.

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 11:31 AM on Mar. 1, 2011 in Home & Garden

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Answers (8)
  • Blueberry shrubs can grow pretty large. They like acidic soil & full sun. you have to have at least 2 or more bushes to get lots of berries (they need to pollinate each other). DEFINITELY water it while you have it in the pot. Wait until frost is gone to plant in the ground. They love blood meal as a fertilizer. DO NOT give it miracle grow, they don't need that chemical crap. and don't ever put fresh manure on it, it will burn the leaves. They do not need any pesticides, as they are naturally pest free.

    Don't let it dry out once you get in int he ground & you should be fine. Plant them at least 5' apart, because depending on the variety.....they can grow 5' wide & 10' high... Once they are established well (after about a year) you don't need to water s much. They are survivors.

    ENJOY! (i have several bushes, LOVE THEM!)
    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 11:44 AM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • same as the above but as a tip blueberrys grow wonderful where there have been fires so if you have any ashes from your wood stove or fireplace you can mix some of that in with the soil when you plant. not sure what it is about ashes they like weather its the acid or what but when they grow wild they are always where there have been fires.
    laura970

    Answer by laura970 at 11:46 AM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • Is it in soil now? If yes, water it or it will die. As for soil, just add to your existing soil with a good compost.
    CraftingMama

    Answer by CraftingMama at 11:33 AM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • If it's in a bag with mulch, you need to plant it. It is a perennial so it will be ok now, actually now is the time to plant. Do not fertilize till around April with a slightly acidic mixture, or you can supplement with coffee grounds. It will be about 2-3 yrs before you get berries IF you bought one that self pollinates. A 13-13-13 fertilizer is good all year round and cheap. No Miracle Grow until you have 1-2 yrs of root establishment, otherwise you will end up with a bunch of foliage and no root system to sustain it when it gets Hot. GL
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 11:38 AM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • were would i get blood meal fertilizer????? i did buy 3 of them :) and the house we bough has tons of sun. i joke with dh that we bought a house i swear in a open field...i always wanted blueberry bushes and i do understand it takes time. im just very excited to finally be able to do my own and i dont want to screw it up lol....
    Anonymous

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 11:49 AM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • Also, for the most fruit yield, you'll want to prune the bush back while it's dormant in the winter. But, wait until it's a few years old first.

    When you use chemical fertilizers, it steals any nutrients from the soil. Which is why things like blood meal, processed manure, fish meal, are better because they add to the soil's nutrients. Once you start using chemical fertilizer, the plant becomes more dependent on those chemicals because there are none left in the ground for them. With things like blueberry shrubs, where they stay put for a long time, you want to condition the soil. Use bone meal, compost, processed manure, water from your fish tank for fertilizer & stay away from chemical ones for the best crop. Also mulch around the bush with wood chips, pine straw, or saw dust to keep weeds out. Weeds steal nutrients.
    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 11:56 AM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • You can get blood meal fertilizer at any hardware store.
    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 11:56 AM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • They also sell soils amended with blood meal & manure, you can use those too. You can fins all this stuff at home depot or lowes, or ace hardware.
    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 11:57 AM on Mar. 1, 2011

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