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'Vaccinium' Northcountry Blueberry General Care Info

General Care Instructions:

Spring: In spring, focus on pruning dead or damaged branches to promote healthy growth. Apply an acidic fertilizer formulated for blueberries to support robust foliage development and fruit production. Ensure adequate watering, especially during flowering and fruit set stages, to prevent drought stress.

Summer: As temperatures rise, maintain a consistent watering schedule, ensuring the soil remains consistently moist but not waterlogged. Mulch around the base of the plant to conserve moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Monitor for pests such as aphids, spider mites, or blueberry maggots, and take appropriate measures for control if necessary.

Fall: As the season transitions, continue to water regularly, gradually reducing frequency as temperatures cool. Mulch can help insulate the roots and retain moisture as the weather cools. Consider pruning to remove any dead or diseased branches and improve air circulation within the plant.

Winter: Protect blueberry plants from freezing temperatures by covering them with frost blankets or burlap if needed. Avoid heavy pruning during winter, as this can stimulate new growth susceptible to frost damage. Monitor for signs of winter injury, such as twig dieback or frost damage, and address accordingly in early spring.