Bountiful Blueberry Bushes Start with Proper Soil pH
National Blueberry Month is upon us, so what better a time to learn about the importance of soil pH for healthy blueberries.
Start with the right soil pH
Blueberry bushes can be a plentiful bearer, and a great fruit to have on hand, but growing successful blueberry bushes can be tricky if you don’t know what they need. While blueberry bushes are relatively easy to grow and care for, they can be quite difficult if they aren’t at the proper soil pH.
Assuring proper soil pH is critical to the health of a blueberry bush. While most fruits prefer a slightly acidic soil, blueberries like their soil pH much lower. Even naturally acidic soils, like those West of the Cascade Mountains, can require further acidifying for plants like blueberries and rhododendrons.
Do a soil test
Blueberry bushes will show signs of distress if their soil pH is not acidic enough. However, there can be other reasons why blueberries will show distress, so it is important to conduct a soil test before any adjustments are made, so as to not worsen any unknown existing problems. You can do a soil test with a store-bought tester, an at home method, or with the help of your local extension office.
Lower soil pH with Sulfur
Once you have determined that you need to lower your soil pH, you will need to amend the soil with Sulfur. Sulfur works with the soil to lower the soil pH, creating a more acidic soil, ideal for providing blueberries the necessary growing conditions they crave in order to thrive.
You can find Sulfur at your local garden center, or any major garden retailers. Encap’s Fast Acting Sulfur with AST is a premium blend of sulfur and calcium, and in addition to lowering soil pH, helps improve soil porosity and water management. Our Fast Acting Sulfur is easy to use, virtually dust-free, and best of all, it’s safe to use around kids and pets. Find it at your local garden center!
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