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I have just bought a blueberry plant with no clue as to how & where to plant it. I’m also planning to buy & plant a mandarin tree, passion fruit & feijoa trees. Could you tell me the best brands, times to plant & any other tips to help them survive at the hands of a novice gardener.

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Your plants are best to be planted now while the soil is warming up but we have plenty of rain to settle the feeding roots in. When you are planting your blueberry – * Dig your hole twice the size of the root ball. Soak your plant while it is still in it’s pot in a bucket of water overnight. Add a handful of peat (available at your local Palmers store) into the dug hole and fill the hole with with fresh garden mix. I find the Palmers garden mix is the most economical and it has pumice in it which will keep the root ball moist as it grows. Part the soil and plant your blueberry so the finished height is the same level as the original potted surface. If you plant too deep you can cause the trunk to rot and if you plant too high the delicate feeding roots will dry out.

Cirtus Planting – * Dig your hole twice the size of the root ball as with your blueberry but do not use the peat. This time when planting you want to put more garden mix in so that the plant is planted in a dome. Be sure that the compost is a nice gradual mound so that you don’t have a too steep sides or the feeding roots will dry out. Planting Citrus higher prevent their roots from getting too wet. Apply Citrus food to the soil after planting and water well. For all of your plants be sure to mulch well to keep the roots cool in summer and warm in winter. Mulch with bark or the bagged pea and leucern hay mix available instore. Mulch 7 cm thick and be sure to pull the mulch away from the trunk in a circle 10cm dia.

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