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Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

Thanks to the modern Southern Highbush Blueberry hybrids, it is not only possible but easy to grow delicious blueberries in coastal Southern California, as long as you choose low-chill varieties such as \'Sunshine Blue\' (the best), \'Misty\', \'Sharpblue\', and \'O\'Neal\', and plant two or more varieties for the best pollination. Although you can grow blueberries in the ground, for the best results in the home garden, many experts recommend growing blueberries in large containers or raised beds, where proper soil mix and acidity can be controlled. The right varieties and the right soil mix and acidity are the keys to success in coastal Southern California, where blueberry plants can often be evergreen and are quite ornamental as well.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Buy

    Buy bare-root plants or established plants in containers from a reputable source to get the varieties you want.
    2. Plant

    Try planting in 5-gallon or larger containers (half-barrels are ideal), using a soil mix of 1/3 bark (1/4\"), 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 forest humus-based potting soil, plus 2 tablespoons of soil sulfur per cubic foot of mix. If growing in the ground, amend heavily with this mix. Plant in full sun on the coast, sun or a little shade inland.
    3. Water

    Keep plants watered regularly, but make sure drainage is good.
    4. Mulch

    Maintain a 3\" organic mulch around plants to protect sensitive surface roots from heat and dryness.
    February
    1. Buy

    Buy bare-root plants or established plants in containers from a reputable source to get the varieties you want.
    2. Plant

    Try planting in 5-gallon or larger containers (half-barrels are ideal), using a soil mix of 1/3 bark (1/4\"), 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 forest humus-based potting soil, plus 2 tablespoons of soil sulfur per cubic foot of mix. If growing in the ground, amend heavily with this mix. Plant in full sun on the coast, sun or a little shade inland.
    3. Water

    Keep plants watered regularly, but make sure drainage is good.
    4. Mulch

    Maintain a 3\" organic mulch around plants to protect sensitive surface roots from heat and dryness.
    March
    1. Buy

    Buy established plants in containers from a reputable source to get the varieties you want.
    2. Plant

    Try planting in 5-gallon or larger containers (half-barrels are ideal), using a soil mix of 1/3 bark (1/4\"), 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 forest humus-based potting soil, plus 2 tablespoons of soil sulfur per cubic foot of mix. If growing in the ground, amend heavily with this mix. Plant in full sun on the coast, sun or a little shade inland.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed lightly once a month with an acid-type fertilizer. Don\'t overfeed, and never use nitrate-type fertilizers, which will burn plants.
    4. Water

    Keep plants watered regularly, but make sure drainage is good.
    5. Prune

    Remove flowers on first-year plants to strengthen growth. On older plants, prune to prevent over-bearing by cutting back the ends of twigs to the point where fruit buds are widely spaced.
    6. Mulch

    Maintain a 3\" organic mulch around plants to protect sensitive surface roots from heat and dryness.
    7. Propagate

    Propagate by stem cuttings of hardened-off new growth.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy established plants in containers from a reputable source to get the varieties you want.
    2. Plant

    Try planting in 5-gallon or larger containers (half-barrels are ideal), using a soil mix of 1/3 bark (1/4\"), 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 forest humus-based potting soil, plus 2 tablespoons of soil sulfur per cubic foot of mix. If growing in the ground, amend heavily with this mix. Plant in full sun on the coast, sun or a little shade inland.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed lightly once a month with an acid-type fertilizer. Don\'t overfeed, and never use nitrate-type fertilizers, which will burn plants.
    4. Water

    Keep plants watered regularly, but make sure drainage is good.
    5. Prune

    Remove flowers on first-year plants to strengthen growth. On older plants, prune to prevent over-bearing by cutting back the ends of twigs to the point where fruit buds are widely spaced.
    6. Mulch

    Maintain a 3\" organic mulch around plants to protect sensitive surface roots from heat and dryness.
    7. Propagate

    Propagate by stem cuttings of hardened-off new growth.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy established plants in containers from a reputable source to get the varieties you want.
    2. Plant

    Try planting in 5-gallon or larger containers (half-barrels are ideal), using a soil mix of 1/3 bark (1/4\"), 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 forest humus-based potting soil, plus 2 tablespoons of soil sulfur per cubic foot of mix. If growing in the ground, amend heavily with this mix. Plant in full sun on the coast, sun or a little shade inland.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed lightly once a month with an acid-type fertilizer. Don\'t overfeed, and never use nitrate-type fertilizers, which will burn plants.
    4. Water

    Keep plants watered regularly, but make sure drainage is good.
    5. Prune

    Remove flowers on first-year plants to strengthen growth. On older plants, prune to prevent over-bearing by cutting back the ends of twigs to the point where fruit buds are widely spaced.
    6. Mulch

    Maintain a 3\" organic mulch around plants to protect sensitive surface roots from heat and dryness.
    7. Protect

    Protect fruit from birds with netting, if necessary.
    8. Propagate

    Propagate by stem cuttings of hardened-off new growth.
    9. Harvest

    Pick blueberries when fully ripe and sweet.
    June
    1. Buy

    Buy established plants in containers from a reputable source to get the varieties you want.
    2. Plant

    Try planting in 5-gallon or larger containers (half-barrels are ideal), using a soil mix of 1/3 bark (1/4\"), 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 forest humus-based potting soil, plus 2 tablespoons of soil sulfur per cubic foot of mix. If growing in the ground, amend heavily with this mix. Plant in full sun on the coast, sun or a little shade inland.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed lightly once a month with an acid-type fertilizer. Don\'t overfeed, and never use nitrate-type fertilizers, which will burn plants.
    4. Water

    Keep plants watered regularly, but make sure drainage is good.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a 3\" organic mulch around plants to protect sensitive surface roots from heat and dryness.
    6. Protect

    Protect fruit from birds with netting, if necessary.
    7. Harvest

    Pick blueberries when fully ripe and sweet.
    July
    1. Buy

    Buy established plants in containers from a reputable source to get the varieties you want.
    2. Plant

    Try planting in 5-gallon or larger containers (half-barrels are ideal), using a soil mix of 1/3 bark (1/4\"), 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 forest humus-based potting soil, plus 2 tablespoons of soil sulfur per cubic foot of mix. If growing in the ground, amend heavily with this mix. Plant in full sun on the coast, sun or a little shade inland.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed lightly once a month with an acid-type fertilizer. Don\'t overfeed, and never use nitrate-type fertilizers, which will burn plants.
    4. Water

    Keep plants watered regularly, but make sure drainage is good.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a 3\" organic mulch around plants to protect sensitive surface roots from heat and dryness.
    6. Protect

    Protect fruit from birds with netting, if necessary.
    7. Harvest

    Pick blueberries when fully ripe and sweet.
    August
    1. Buy

    Buy established plants in containers from a reputable source to get the varieties you want.
    2. Plant

    Try planting in 5-gallon or larger containers (half-barrels are ideal), using a soil mix of 1/3 bark (1/4\"), 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 forest humus-based potting soil, plus 2 tablespoons of soil sulfur per cubic foot of mix. If growing in the ground, amend heavily with this mix. Plant in full sun on the coast, sun or a little shade inland.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed lightly once a month with an acid-type fertilizer. Don\'t overfeed, and never use nitrate-type fertilizers, which will burn plants.
    4. Water

    Keep plants watered regularly, but make sure drainage is good.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a 3\" organic mulch around plants to protect sensitive surface roots from heat and dryness.
    6. Protect

    Protect fruit from birds with netting, if necessary.
    7. Harvest

    Pick blueberries when fully ripe and sweet.
    September
    1. Buy

    Buy established plants in containers from a reputable source to get the varieties you want.
    2. Plant

    Try planting in 5-gallon or larger containers (half-barrels are ideal), using a soil mix of 1/3 bark (1/4\"), 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 forest humus-based potting soil, plus 2 tablespoons of soil sulfur per cubic foot of mix. If growing in the ground, amend heavily with this mix. Plant in full sun on the coast, sun or a little shade inland.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed lightly once a month with an acid-type fertilizer. Don\'t overfeed, and never use nitrate-type fertilizers, which will burn plants.
    4. Water

    Keep plants watered regularly, but make sure drainage is good.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a 3\" organic mulch around plants to protect sensitive surface roots from heat and dryness.
    October
    1. Buy

    Buy bare-root plants or established plants in containers from a reputable source to get the varieties you want.
    2. Plant

    Try planting in 5-gallon or larger containers (half-barrels are ideal), using a soil mix of 1/3 bark (1/4\"), 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 forest humus-based potting soil, plus 2 tablespoons of soil sulfur per cubic foot of mix. If growing in the ground, amend heavily with this mix. Plant in full sun on the coast, sun or a little shade inland.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed lightly once a month with an acid-type fertilizer. Don\'t overfeed, and never use nitrate-type fertilizers, which will burn plants.
    4. Water

    Keep plants watered regularly, but make sure drainage is good.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a 3\" organic mulch around plants to protect sensitive surface roots from heat and dryness.
    November
    1. Buy

    Buy bare-root plants or established plants in containers from a reputable source to get the varieties you want.
    2. Plant

    Try planting in 5-gallon or larger containers (half-barrels are ideal), using a soil mix of 1/3 bark (1/4\"), 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 forest humus-based potting soil, plus 2 tablespoons of soil sulfur per cubic foot of mix. If growing in the ground, amend heavily with this mix. Plant in full sun on the coast, sun or a little shade inland.
    3. Water

    Keep plants watered regularly, but make sure drainage is good.
    4. Mulch

    Maintain a 3\" organic mulch around plants to protect sensitive surface roots from heat and dryness.
    December
    1. Buy

    Buy bare-root plants or established plants in containers from a reputable source to get the varieties you want.
    2. Plant

    Try planting in 5-gallon or larger containers (half-barrels are ideal), using a soil mix of 1/3 bark (1/4\"), 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 forest humus-based potting soil, plus 2 tablespoons of soil sulfur per cubic foot of mix. If growing in the ground, amend heavily with this mix. Plant in full sun on the coast, sun or a little shade inland.
    3. Water

    Keep plants watered regularly, but make sure drainage is good.
    4. Mulch

    Maintain a 3\" organic mulch around plants to protect sensitive surface roots from heat and dryness.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    January

    Buy bare-root plants or established plants in containers from a reputable source to get the varieties you want.

    February

    Buy bare-root plants or established plants in containers from a reputable source to get the varieties you want.

    March

    Buy established plants in containers from a reputable source to get the varieties you want.

    April

    Buy established plants in containers from a reputable source to get the varieties you want.

    May

    Buy established plants in containers from a reputable source to get the varieties you want.

    June

    Buy established plants in containers from a reputable source to get the varieties you want.

    July

    Buy established plants in containers from a reputable source to get the varieties you want.

    August

    Buy established plants in containers from a reputable source to get the varieties you want.

    September

    Buy established plants in containers from a reputable source to get the varieties you want.

    October

    Buy bare-root plants or established plants in containers from a reputable source to get the varieties you want.

    November

    Buy bare-root plants or established plants in containers from a reputable source to get the varieties you want.

    December

    Buy bare-root plants or established plants in containers from a reputable source to get the varieties you want.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    January

    Try planting in 5-gallon or larger containers (half-barrels are ideal), using a soil mix of 1/3 bark (1/4\"), 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 forest humus-based potting soil, plus 2 tablespoons of soil sulfur per cubic foot of mix. If growing in the ground, amend heavily with this mix. Plant in full sun on the coast, sun or a little shade inland.

    February

    Try planting in 5-gallon or larger containers (half-barrels are ideal), using a soil mix of 1/3 bark (1/4\"), 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 forest humus-based potting soil, plus 2 tablespoons of soil sulfur per cubic foot of mix. If growing in the ground, amend heavily with this mix. Plant in full sun on the coast, sun or a little shade inland.

    March

    Try planting in 5-gallon or larger containers (half-barrels are ideal), using a soil mix of 1/3 bark (1/4\"), 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 forest humus-based potting soil, plus 2 tablespoons of soil sulfur per cubic foot of mix. If growing in the ground, amend heavily with this mix. Plant in full sun on the coast, sun or a little shade inland.

    April

    Try planting in 5-gallon or larger containers (half-barrels are ideal), using a soil mix of 1/3 bark (1/4\"), 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 forest humus-based potting soil, plus 2 tablespoons of soil sulfur per cubic foot of mix. If growing in the ground, amend heavily with this mix. Plant in full sun on the coast, sun or a little shade inland.

    May

    Try planting in 5-gallon or larger containers (half-barrels are ideal), using a soil mix of 1/3 bark (1/4\"), 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 forest humus-based potting soil, plus 2 tablespoons of soil sulfur per cubic foot of mix. If growing in the ground, amend heavily with this mix. Plant in full sun on the coast, sun or a little shade inland.

    June

    Try planting in 5-gallon or larger containers (half-barrels are ideal), using a soil mix of 1/3 bark (1/4\"), 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 forest humus-based potting soil, plus 2 tablespoons of soil sulfur per cubic foot of mix. If growing in the ground, amend heavily with this mix. Plant in full sun on the coast, sun or a little shade inland.

    July

    Try planting in 5-gallon or larger containers (half-barrels are ideal), using a soil mix of 1/3 bark (1/4\"), 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 forest humus-based potting soil, plus 2 tablespoons of soil sulfur per cubic foot of mix. If growing in the ground, amend heavily with this mix. Plant in full sun on the coast, sun or a little shade inland.

    August

    Try planting in 5-gallon or larger containers (half-barrels are ideal), using a soil mix of 1/3 bark (1/4\"), 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 forest humus-based potting soil, plus 2 tablespoons of soil sulfur per cubic foot of mix. If growing in the ground, amend heavily with this mix. Plant in full sun on the coast, sun or a little shade inland.

    September

    Try planting in 5-gallon or larger containers (half-barrels are ideal), using a soil mix of 1/3 bark (1/4\"), 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 forest humus-based potting soil, plus 2 tablespoons of soil sulfur per cubic foot of mix. If growing in the ground, amend heavily with this mix. Plant in full sun on the coast, sun or a little shade inland.

    October

    Try planting in 5-gallon or larger containers (half-barrels are ideal), using a soil mix of 1/3 bark (1/4\"), 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 forest humus-based potting soil, plus 2 tablespoons of soil sulfur per cubic foot of mix. If growing in the ground, amend heavily with this mix. Plant in full sun on the coast, sun or a little shade inland.

    November

    Try planting in 5-gallon or larger containers (half-barrels are ideal), using a soil mix of 1/3 bark (1/4\"), 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 forest humus-based potting soil, plus 2 tablespoons of soil sulfur per cubic foot of mix. If growing in the ground, amend heavily with this mix. Plant in full sun on the coast, sun or a little shade inland.

    December

    Try planting in 5-gallon or larger containers (half-barrels are ideal), using a soil mix of 1/3 bark (1/4\"), 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 forest humus-based potting soil, plus 2 tablespoons of soil sulfur per cubic foot of mix. If growing in the ground, amend heavily with this mix. Plant in full sun on the coast, sun or a little shade inland.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    March

    Feed lightly once a month with an acid-type fertilizer. Don\'t overfeed, and never use nitrate-type fertilizers, which will burn plants.

    April

    Feed lightly once a month with an acid-type fertilizer. Don\'t overfeed, and never use nitrate-type fertilizers, which will burn plants.

    May

    Feed lightly once a month with an acid-type fertilizer. Don\'t overfeed, and never use nitrate-type fertilizers, which will burn plants.

    June

    Feed lightly once a month with an acid-type fertilizer. Don\'t overfeed, and never use nitrate-type fertilizers, which will burn plants.

    July

    Feed lightly once a month with an acid-type fertilizer. Don\'t overfeed, and never use nitrate-type fertilizers, which will burn plants.

    August

    Feed lightly once a month with an acid-type fertilizer. Don\'t overfeed, and never use nitrate-type fertilizers, which will burn plants.

    September

    Feed lightly once a month with an acid-type fertilizer. Don\'t overfeed, and never use nitrate-type fertilizers, which will burn plants.

    October

    Feed lightly once a month with an acid-type fertilizer. Don\'t overfeed, and never use nitrate-type fertilizers, which will burn plants.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    January

    Keep plants watered regularly, but make sure drainage is good.

    February

    Keep plants watered regularly, but make sure drainage is good.

    March

    Keep plants watered regularly, but make sure drainage is good.

    April

    Keep plants watered regularly, but make sure drainage is good.

    May

    Keep plants watered regularly, but make sure drainage is good.

    June

    Keep plants watered regularly, but make sure drainage is good.

    July

    Keep plants watered regularly, but make sure drainage is good.

    August

    Keep plants watered regularly, but make sure drainage is good.

    September

    Keep plants watered regularly, but make sure drainage is good.

    October

    Keep plants watered regularly, but make sure drainage is good.

    November

    Keep plants watered regularly, but make sure drainage is good.

    December

    Keep plants watered regularly, but make sure drainage is good.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    March

    Remove flowers on first-year plants to strengthen growth. On older plants, prune to prevent over-bearing by cutting back the ends of twigs to the point where fruit buds are widely spaced.

    April

    Remove flowers on first-year plants to strengthen growth. On older plants, prune to prevent over-bearing by cutting back the ends of twigs to the point where fruit buds are widely spaced.

    May

    Remove flowers on first-year plants to strengthen growth. On older plants, prune to prevent over-bearing by cutting back the ends of twigs to the point where fruit buds are widely spaced.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    January

    Maintain a 3\" organic mulch around plants to protect sensitive surface roots from heat and dryness.

    February

    Maintain a 3\" organic mulch around plants to protect sensitive surface roots from heat and dryness.

    March

    Maintain a 3\" organic mulch around plants to protect sensitive surface roots from heat and dryness.

    April

    Maintain a 3\" organic mulch around plants to protect sensitive surface roots from heat and dryness.

    May

    Maintain a 3\" organic mulch around plants to protect sensitive surface roots from heat and dryness.

    June

    Maintain a 3\" organic mulch around plants to protect sensitive surface roots from heat and dryness.

    July

    Maintain a 3\" organic mulch around plants to protect sensitive surface roots from heat and dryness.

    August

    Maintain a 3\" organic mulch around plants to protect sensitive surface roots from heat and dryness.

    September

    Maintain a 3\" organic mulch around plants to protect sensitive surface roots from heat and dryness.

    October

    Maintain a 3\" organic mulch around plants to protect sensitive surface roots from heat and dryness.

    November

    Maintain a 3\" organic mulch around plants to protect sensitive surface roots from heat and dryness.

    December

    Maintain a 3\" organic mulch around plants to protect sensitive surface roots from heat and dryness.

    Protect

    When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

    May

    Protect fruit from birds with netting, if necessary.

    June

    Protect fruit from birds with netting, if necessary.

    July

    Protect fruit from birds with netting, if necessary.

    August

    Protect fruit from birds with netting, if necessary.

    Propagate

    When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

    March

    Propagate by stem cuttings of hardened-off new growth.

    April

    Propagate by stem cuttings of hardened-off new growth.

    May

    Propagate by stem cuttings of hardened-off new growth.

    Harvest

    When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

    May

    Pick blueberries when fully ripe and sweet.

    June

    Pick blueberries when fully ripe and sweet.

    July

    Pick blueberries when fully ripe and sweet.

    August

    Pick blueberries when fully ripe and sweet.

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