Blueberry plants prefer will drained, acidic soils high in organic matter, but also do very well in waterlogged soils. Planting in wet soils reduces irrigation needs in summer. Increase soil organic matter by adding compost, peat moss and/or sawdust to areas where Blueberry plants will be grown.
Blueberry plants have shallow, delicate root systems that do not compete well with weeds. Keep weeds away from the base of plants. A thick layer of mulch like sawdust, wood chips or compost around the base of plants helps keep weeds down, retains soil moisture and will add to soil organic matter over time.
Prune plants in spring removing the most mature branches, small twiggy growth and branches that touch other branches. Large branches with rough silvery/grey bark and large numbers of small branches emanating from their tips are mature and are less vigorous than younger branches.
For very happy plants, fertilize about once a month with an organic Azalea/Rhododendron (acid loving) fertilizer during the growing season (May-Aug). Most organic fertilizers are great for Blueberry plants, but I try to avoid fertilizers with calcium (like bone meal and some guanos) or lime as those ingredients can raise soil pH.
Our Blueberry plants are grown from cuttings right here in Olympia. We gather our propagation material from carefully selected parent stock each spring. Blueberry plants are available in the following sizes: 2 year old plants in 1 gallon pots, 3 year old plants in 2 gallon pots and larger plants in 5 or 10 gallon pots. Please email us with questions on Blueberry care and planting.