1. First, choose a location with well-draining soil that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.
2. Dig holes that are twice as wide and deep as the blueberry plant’s root ball.
3. Space the holes at least five to six feet apart for highbush blueberries and two to four feet apart for lowbush blueberries.
4. Add peat moss, compost, or other organic matter to the soil before planting to improve soil structure and fertility.
5. Place the blueberry plant in the hole and backfill with soil, ensuring the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil.
6. Water the plant thoroughly after planting and keep the soil evenly moist throughout the growing season.
7. Mulch around the plants with straw, wood chips, or other organic material to retain moisture and suppress weeds.
8. Prune your blueberry plants annually to maintain shape and encourage fruit production.
9. Fertilize the plants with a balanced fertilizer in early spring and again in late summer to promote healthy growth and fruit production.
10. Monitor for pests and diseases, and treat promptly as necessary to prevent damage to your plants.
Dr. Sarah Smith is a blueberry expert and author of BlueberryExpert.com. She has been growing and studying blueberries for over 20 years. Her research has focused on the different varieties, growing techniques, and nutritional content of blueberries. She is passionate about helping people to grow their own healthy blueberries and has been a leader in the industry for many years.