Space plants about 5 feet apart in rows that are 6 to 10 feet apart, depending on space available. Plant in holes that are approximately 3 to 4 inches wider and deeper than their containers. Plant with the root collar just above the ground and fill in the holes with soil. Water well. It is normal for the soil level to drop after watering as the watering helps to remove the air pockets still left after backfilling. Apply more soil if the level dropped and then top with 3 inches of mulch. Surround the plant with mulch leaving a well at the plants base.
Tip: After planting, cut off 1/3 of the top of the plant. For the next 3 years, cut off small weak lateral shoots and thin out excessive bushy growth. After the third year, begin cutting off the oldest wood each year.
Blueberry Plant Care
As plants establish themselves, maintenance will consist of removing dead, broken, or diseased branches and generally shaping the bush. In spring during blooming, thin the blossoms out to prevent the branches from overloading and breaking from the weight of the fruit.
Fertilizing should be done based on the results of soil tests. If no soil test is available, apply about 2 tablespoons of fertilize per plant (granular timed release). This can be repeated in about 3 to 4 weeks.
When to Plant Blueberry Bushes
Blueberry plants are often planted in spring and fall. However, container grown shrubs can be planted any time.