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Blueberry fertilizer options

Posted by riverman1 (My Page) on
Thu, Feb 14, 13 at 19:46

Guys, I recently had a ph test done on about 6 of my 20 plants and the ph ranged from a low of 3.8 to a high of 5.0. I have used ammonium sulf in the past but given the low ph numbers I am seeing I think it would best to try something else this spring. I was thinking about a general purpose fertilizer like miracle grow but wondered what others might think.

Thanks,

RM


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  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Thu, Feb 14, 13 at 20:27

Don't use anything loaded up with nitrates. I've read that Urea is good and doesn't lower the pH like ammonium sulfate.


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riverman,
I remember one of your posts last year about Fish/Kelp/Molasses.That shouldn't do too much at all to the pH. Brady


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  • Posted by ericwi Dane County WI (My Page) on
    Thu, Feb 14, 13 at 21:44

I am using Schultz's Plant Food, acidic formula, mixed at one tablespoon per 4 gallons of water, 4 applications per shrub per year, in March, April, May, & June, on each of our blueberry shrubs. This is a minimal amount, enough to feed the flowers and stimulate woody growth. Our shrubs are healthy & productive, but I am not seeing commercial yield level.


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Another option that is cheap and easy to apply is cottonseed meal. I got a 40 lb. bag at a feed and seed store for around 25 dollars. I threw a few hand fulls on my 2 year old plants and they really perked up. Besides being cheap, cottonseed meal organic, slow release, will not burn the plants.


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