Would blueberries work in a wet, black acid soil.

Asked August 10, 2013, 9:04 AM EDT

I have standing water two eeks in April in a high acid soil (Hemlock)balck soil with sand at 10". Wondering if Blueberry production would work in this area. MDEQ is giving me permit for improving property.

Grand Traverse County Michigan

1 Response

Blueberries prefer acid soils and we recommend a soil pH of 4.5 to 5.5. Blueberries like to be moist but do not like to be flooded. If the soil has an unflooded zone that is 18 to 24 inches deep in the growing season you could probably do it but if not you will do drainage which will add to the costs.
If you have hemlock around you will have blueberry rust and you will need to spray for that disease as it will weaken and defoliate the plants late in the season.
Those are my initial thoughts.