I want to plant blueberries. What is the first step?

Asked May 10, 2016, 10:52 AM EDT

I am considering high bush blueberries for our family farm in Russellville, MO Would you recommend this for this area? What first steps would you recommend?

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1 Response

The first thing you should do is check the soil pH of your proposed planting site. Blueberries require an acid soil (4.5 to 5.5) and I would recommend against planting if the soil pH was 6 or above. If the soil pH is to high I would recommend acidifying the soil with sulfur before you plant (This could take several years) or bringing in soil that is acidic to plant in.
Here is an article I wrote several years ago on acidifying the soil for blueberries.
http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/soil_test_before_you_plant_blueberries