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Blueberry bush, Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Bluecrop’

Common Name: blueberry bush

Type: bush

Family: Ericaceae

Zone: 5 to 7     Find Your Zone

Height: 6 to 8 feet

Width: 6 to 8 feet

Bloom Time: May

Bloom Color: white

Sun exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Fall Color: Great red fall color.

Soil: acidic, well drained

Leaves: deciduous

Fertilizer: Holly-tone and ACR food for acid loving plants

Blueberries bushes are known for their plentiful fruit that makes great pies and are amongst one of the healthiest fruits on the planet. Blueberries should be planted in every yard. Not only do they display beautiful fall foliage, they are considered to have one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any fruit.


Blueberry bushes require an acidic soil (4.5 to 5.5 pH) and should be fertilized with Azalea camellia Rhododendron fertilizer. They also require a second type of blueberry for cross pollination. Make sure that your varieties have overlapping bloom time for successful pollination. Blueberry bushes do not tolerate salt and need nitrogen more once fruit is maturing. Like all fruit bearing plants, they do best when planted in the ground due to the incredible amount of nutrients needed to produce fruit. Planting fruit trees or bushes in pots will lead to smaller yields and nutrient deficiencies.

Highbush blueberries are most commonly planted due to their abilities to tolerate the cold and heat better than other varieties (zones 3 to 8).


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type.
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.

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Posted 2015-08-27T18:11:50+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL