Maintaining blueberry bushes requires providing a high-acid soil and draping bird netting over the entire plant. Keep a blueberry bush healthy and productive with help from an experienced horticulturist in this free video on growing edibles.
Hi, I'm Barbara Schindler. I'm from Cherry Lane Nursery in Arroyo Grande, and I'm standing at the lovely Windmill Farms in Arroyo Grande. I'm here to talk to you about blueberries. So, let's talk about how to grow blueberries and how to maintain them. So, that's what we're going to talk about today. Main thing about blueberries is their soil conditions. We need to have them in acid soil, and that's extremely important. Very many fertilizers that you can use to get that acid soil content up. Now, if you live here in southern California, or in California areas, we need to really acidify the soil. If you live back east, you may not need to add any acid. So you need to talk to your local nursery person and see what the conditions are. When you fertilize your blueberries, there are two options. You can go with a synthetic fertilizer, which is something like your azalea/chamilia/rhododendron mix, or something that just says soil acidifier. Or, you can go with something organic, and it's normally labeled organic. This is cottonseed meal. This is azalea fertilizer, but it is organic. There's a difference. The organic takes longer to work, but it kind of levels out and it lasts a lot longer. This one really spikes up high, it's very quick, but you have to do it more often. So, that's your difference between the two. You've got to do this all the time. This one you do it, wait longer, but it's more effective. It would depend on where that you live how much you're going to need to water. If you live here where it's warm, in California or the western areas, you're probably going to have to water on a regular basis, which might mean two or three times a week depending on the weather. Once they get established, you don't have to water as much. And the season, it depends on so many things. I think you have to use your own good judgment. Stick your finger in the pot. Make sure it's moist. If it's not, if it's all dried out, then make sure it's watered. I have a package that you can get from your local nursery or hardware store. It's bird netting, and what you want to do is you want to drape this over the bush once it starts producing fruit, because the birds will pick all that fruit off before you get to it. So, we want to make sure that we have that available and put it on.