Blueberry Soil Preparation for Home Gardeners

Amending Soil with Peat Moss and Pine Fines

Mixing Pine Fines and Peat Moss

After you have received your soil sample you can decide whether or not you need your soil to be more acidic, or if it is already in good condition. If it is not quite acidic enough there is a great organic product that can be bought on amazon that you can apply to the area you will be planting. It is called Espoma Organic Soil Acidifier, 6-Pound.
Always use the instructions that come with the Espoma Organic Soil Acidifier when using. Be sure NOT to allow the Espoma soil acidifier to come into direct contact with the roots of the blueberry plant. Another product that we are currently trying is Dr. Earth 703P Organic 4 Azalea/Camellia/Rhododendron Acid Fertilizer in Poly Bag, 4-Pound. We have heard good things about it, however we have not seen results from our trial yet. We are currently trying this product and will tell about our results once our trial is over. If this product is bought please use as directed in instructions. We will have videos soon on how to apply these acidifiers.

Blueberry Soil PreparationThere are also two kinds of organic material that should be mixed into the ground prior to planting. There should be a mixture of 50% pine fines and 50% peat moss. The peat moss helps to retain moisture as well as keeps the soil acidic. The pine fines allow the soil to drain and is also a good acidifier. These can be bought at our blueberry nursery in Oakland,KY. A 3.8 cubic bag of peat moss can be bought for 15$ at retail & 13$ at wholesale (6+ bags are considered wholesale) and our pine soil conditioner or pine fines can be bought for 4$ a bag at retail and 3.50$ a bag at wholesale (21+ bags are considered wholesale). One bag of peat moss is the equivalent of about 4 bags of pine fines. You can plant several plants with 1 bag of peat moss and 4 bags of pine fines. What size plants you are planting will determine how many you can plant with this amount of peat moss and pine fines. The general rule is 1 bale of peat moss and 4 bags of pine fines will allow you to plant about 10 blueberry plants into the ground.