Updated: Jun 8, 2021
I impulse bought berry bushes. Oops. With the upcoming rain, we decided it'd be a good time to get them planted! These are a 2nd year variety called Blueray, they're supposed to be a beginner-friendly, self-pollinating variety that is very cold-hardy. According to the USDA Hardiness Zone Map, we're in zone 6b(-5º- 0º.)
I purchased these from Walmart for $5. I noticed that Walmart also carried raspberries and grapes for $5 and apple, peach and plum trees for $25!
I set out to plant these bushes in a full-sun area to create an informal hedge.
First, I took the berry bushes out of their plastic sleeve and paper. I found out that one of the packages actually contained two bushes, so I got a two in one deal for these! There are four in total.
I soaked them for about thirty minutes while we started on digging holes for them.
When I started planting, Stefon came to the rescue. He showed me a much better way to plant these bushes, so I'm going to share that with you now!
He dug a hole about 2" deeper than the roots. For some of the bushes, this was about 6", for others it was 8".
He then took some pine bark mulch and mixed it in with the soil. He took care to break the clumps apart, creating a soft dirt for the young plants to grow easier in.
He then held the plant in one hand, while we filled the hole with the soft dirt, until the roots were covered.
We then topped the hole off with mulch, and added bricks around the edges so they wouldn't get accidentally stepped on or ran over. They're very small plants right now.
It's supposed to rain for the next week or so, so we watered them sparsely. When the rain stops, we're going to pull up all this grass and create a better bed for these plants.
Next year, we'll have four bushes of Blueray blueberries! I'm excited!
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*This is not an official guide.