Blueberry Bush Requirements


Blueberry bushes require little fussing, but they do have special requirements other berry varieties don't share. They flourish in gardens, but also thrive in containers.


Most varieties of blueberry are winter-hardy and can survive temperatures as low as 25 degrees below zero. All varieties, except rabbit-eye, need about 100 nights of winter chilling to produce well.


Plant blueberry bushes in full sun in cool or moderate climates, but choose a spot with afternoon shade for areas with hot summers. For hot climates, rabbit-eye varieties are best.


Permanently moist but well-drained soil that is high in humus is best for blueberries. The bushes have shallow root systems so they must be irrigated, heavily mulched or planted where the water table is no more than 2 feet below the ground surface.


Blueberries need acidic soil with a pH level between 4.5 and 5.5. Acid peat moss, oak leaves, pine needles, wood chips, or pine, fir or oak sawdust all make soil more acidic.


Ensure pollination by planting a minimum of three bushes. Plant at least two blueberry varieties for the best results.


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