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(Solved) Is Gypsum Good For Blueberries?

I have a few blueberries bushes in 15 gallon pots in Al’s 5-1-1 mix 🤓 I added roughly 1 Tbsp of gypsum per gallon when planting since I’m unable to use the DynaGro fertilizer which has nitrate-based nitrogen that is harmful to blueberries 🤓 Other fertlizers I use such as MirAcid and Osmocote Plus don’t contain any calcium. What is the importance of calcium in blueberries and lemons. According to what I read, calcium seems to be an important mineral in blueberries. However, it’s not so crucial for lemons. Because blueberries usually contain significant amounts of calcium, I’ve seen members use tomato fertilizer. Perhaps that might work better. [1]
In the middle of summer heavy rains flooded the fields and rooted many plants. He replanted those areas that were missing the following year. They plants started to grow immediately and did not show any signs of plant stress or chlorosis – because the soil pH was brought down to 4.5 by the sulfur application one year earlier and the newly planted plants responded immediately to the ideal soil pH. It was a very impressive response and reminds me that three of the most crucial factors in growing are pH, soil pH, and fertilizer. things you need The key ingredients to a blueberry plant that is successful are pH, pH, and pH. We are grateful to Lilliana Esquivel who shared this information with us. [2]
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Blueberries are small. fruit tree It is a member of the Ericaceae genus Vaccinium and was used for food as far back as ancient times. There have been many varieties since the start of the 20th century. produced by breed improvement as a fruit tree Through hybridization between the Rabbiteye, Highbush, Half-highbush, Half-highbush, and Lowbush families blueberries. The blueberry now includes many-hundred varieties and is a popular fruit. tree that is widely It is easily grown in warm regions of the globe and widely eaten as food. As the market for these fruits has increased, so have the efforts to increase the size of the fruit. It is important to note that the fruits are not always large. blueberry is a plant that is acidophilic and ammoniaphilic and grows This soil is acidic and different than other fruit trees. Blueberries are grown on acidic soils, such as Highbush blueberries with pH 4.3 to 4.8 and Rabbiteye blueberries with pH 4.2 to 5.3. The organic matter called “organic material” is used to maintain these pH levels. peat moss It is unadjusted in acidity. Jennalynn starr amended the above on August 8, 2021 [3]
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He mentions “…inadequate absorption by blueberry plants of calcium, iron, and manganese are limiting factors” and “Limestone has a very strong oxidizing effect; gypsum does not.” so gypsum seems to be the best choice for calcium. Gypsum doesn’t increase the pH in the same way as limestone. Is there a better choice for calcium? Washington State University write:• Gypsum can increase leaching of iron and manganese, leading to deficiencies of these nutrients;• Gypsum applied to acid soils can induce magnesium deficiency in plants on site;• Gypsum applied to sandy soils can depress phosphorus, copper and zinc transport;• Gypsum can have negative effects on mycorrhizal inoculation of roots, which may account forseveral reports of negative effects of gypsum on tree seedling establishment and survival• Gypsum’s effects are short-lived (often a matter of months) (emended by Beth Stjohn on May 1, 2021) [4]
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Refer to the Article

  1. https://www.houzz.com/discussions/3877272/when-to-replenish-gypsum-for-blueberries-in-containers
  2. https://cfgrower.com/preventing-destructive-insects-and-diseases-in-tomatoes-blueberries/
  3. https://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2017/0297964.html
  4. https://growingfruit.org/t/blueberries-need-more-than-acidic-soil-article/12420
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