Fresh and Aged Pine Bark as Soil Amendments for Establishment of Highbush Blueberry

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Marilyn B. OdnealState Fruit Experiment Station, Southwest Missouri State University Mountain Grove, MO 65711

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Martin L. KapsState Fruit Experiment Station, Southwest Missouri State University Mountain Grove, MO 65711

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The recommendation for planting highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum L.) in Missouri includes the incorporation of sphagnum peat in the planting hole. This experiment compared the use of fresh and aged pine bark to sphagnum peat as soil amendments at planting. One-year-old highbush blueberry `Blueray' plants were planted in 1983 at Mountain Grove, Mo. Plant height, spread, and number of new canes were recorded from 1983 through 1987. Yield and berry size were recorded from 1985 through 1988. There were no significant differences in these measurements among soil amendment treatments (P = 0.05).

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