5. Plant the bush so that the soil surrounding the plant is even with the soil in the pot. You will need to mulch around the bush. Pine needles create a corrosive pH level so mulching with pine needles or pine bark is ideal. However, other mulching material will work as well.
6. Water your bush completely and make a point to water it normally (perhaps a few times per week) when it is recently planted. If you are developing blueberries that are established, they need around one inch of water seven days during developing season.
7. The most difficult part of the process of planting blueberries is to remove all or most of any existing blossoms so that the plant can place its vitality into the root system. I cut all the blossoms when I planted my plants the first season. This year I changed up my blueberry garden and I just cut around 2/3 of the blossoms.
8. In my garden, rabbits have been known to totally eat up bushes and plants, so I added a small fence to secure the blueberry plants. If I see birds eating the berries, I can wrap netting over the top of this fence.
9. The second season after you plant the blueberry bushes, you will need to treat with a compost implied for plants that like corrosive conditions, such as Miracid.
I just checked my bushes early today and I are very brave blueberries. It should just be a couple of more weeks until I can add freshly picked berries to my cereal or yogurt.
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Cathy Hickman is an enthusiastic gardener and writes about natural wellbeing, focusing on foods and herbs that are useful for those with arthritis, gout and elevated cholesterol. She is a previous newspaper researcher/journalist and is presently a contributing writer at Twin Cities Naturally, a natural wellbeing magazine.