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Post  igolfat8 on 3/16/2012, 11:49 am

I am planting two blueberry bushes in 2'x 2' x 11" containers and plan to fill with MM. How to I adjust the pH in MM towards the acidic side that will make the Blueberry bushes happy?

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Post  curio on 3/16/2012, 11:54 am

You can add evergreen based organic soil amendments. Peat moss will often lower pH.

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Re: How do I adjust Ph (acidify) MM?

Post  camprn on 3/16/2012, 12:08 pm

@curio wrote:You can add evergreen based organic soil amendments. Peat moss will often lower pH.
I would follow the label directions for planting the bushes. Sphagnum moss will lower pH but it has no nutritive value. I would suggest miracid for a quick fix and then seasonally you can can top dress some compost with many pine needles mixed. There are pH meters available on the market.

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Post  LeeAnne12 on 3/16/2012, 12:51 pm

This is not in a SFG, but I dig a hole about two feet wide and a foot deep. Mix equal amounts of peat and pine bark and plant it in that. I got those instructions from a blueberry farm. One place recommends not fertilizing them the first year. I also mulch my with pine needles. Each year I take a couple of shovels on peat and put around the bushes.

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Post  Goosegirl on 3/16/2012, 1:42 pm

Another good acidifier is to mulch them with coffee grounds.

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Post  camprn on 3/16/2012, 5:06 pm

@Goosegirl wrote:Another good acidifier is to mulch them with coffee grounds.

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Used coffee grounds are actually neutral pH.

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Post  elliephant on 3/16/2012, 6:15 pm

In my area I can find acified cotton burr compost; might look for that.

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