bmolsen
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Will my blueberry plants get enough sun?

I want to plant two blueberry plants in my flowerbed in front of my house which faces west. During the spring and summer months there is sun from about 6:30am to about 2:30pm. After 2:30pm it becomes shady. Will my blueberry plants do well as long as I keep the acid level in the soil at the right pH and keep it watered?

Thanks for your advice in advance!
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MaineDesigner
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You have plenty of sun, it sounds close to ideal although it might even be too sunny depending on summer temps and your ability to keep the soil moist. I would worry far more about pH. I know next to nothing about the soil morphology in your area but I do know that western U.S. soils and water are often alkaline and I have gardened in places where the soil has so much buffering capacity that trying to significantly change it was a losing battle. What is the pH of your unmodified topsoil and what is the pH of your water supply?

bmolsen
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MaineDesigner,
I am not sure of the pH of the soil or water as I have not had a chance to test it yet. Any suggestions on the type of test kits to get for accurate results?

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I usually just send in soils samples for a complete lab test that includes pH but I also carry a pH tester. I think any method or kit should work fine just be sure you use distilled water so the water doesn't throw off the test.

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