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QUESTION
We are new to North Carolina, and would like to get some blueberries started here.  When is the best time to plant them?


ANSWER
Fall is a great time to plant potted blueberries. Late winter is best if you plan to use bare-root plants.

Soil preparation is key before blueberries go into the ground. They require the correct pH, 5.0-5.5. If you need to acidify your soil, use wettable sulfur or aluminum sulfate at the rate recommended by a soil test. These applications need to go into the ground at least 3 months before you plant. It takes that long for the sulfur to work on the soil.

Contact your local NC State University Extension Service office for advice from an agent or Master Gardener on taking a soil sample, help with application rates, and planting advice.

 http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/index.php?page=lawngarden

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