Question: What do I need to know to grow blueberries?

Answer: Lots. First, they need a more acidic soil mix than almost any plant we try to grow in our landscapes or gardens. Unless you live in East Texas and have naturally acidic soils, plant them into a mix of peat moss and bark mulch. Soil preparation, if you live in an alkaline area, can cost many times as much as the plants themselves. Blueberries need morning sun and afternoon shade, and you’ll need to keep them moist at all times. They make large shrubs, so don’t crowd them together. Woodard and Tifblue are the best types. Unless your soil conditions are absolutely perfect, you probably should try a limited planting initially – or rely on the quality blueberries available almost year-round in Texas’ groceries.

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