Blueberry Saint Petersburg FL
Saint Petersburg, FL
Garden Centers / Nurseries, Landscaping Services
Pinellas Park, FL
Mulch, Rubber Mulch
Garden Centers / Nurseries, Landscape Architects, Landscape Contractors, Landscaping Services, Sprinklers
Hand Tools, Mulch, Rubber Mulch
St. Petersburg, FL
Fully ripened blueberries have sweetness and aroma that store-bought blueberries cannot match, and the attractive shrubs are easy to grow and maintain.
About This PlantSelect blueberry varieties adapted to your area. In the south, look for Southern highbush blueberries or rabbiteye blueberries. In the north, select highbush or lowbush varieties with the appropriate hardiness ratings. Half-high varieties are more ornamental but not as productive as highbush varieties.
Site SelectionSelect a site in full sun, with well-drained soil. Blueberries need a soil pH between 4.5 and 5.5 to thrive. Do a pH test and add the appropriate amounts of ammonium sulfate or sulfur to lower the pH of the soil before planting. On loam or clay loam soil, grow plants in raised beds -- 4 feet wide and 9 inches high -- for better water drainage. Blueberries grow best in a moist but not soggy wet soil. Amend the beds with compost before planting to help retain soil moisture.
Planting InstructionsPlant in early spring. For bare-root plants, dig a hole 18 inches wide. Mix some compost with topsoil and place this back in the hole until the hole is filled 4 inches from the top. Place the plant in the hole and cover the roots with the remaining compost/soil mix. Set plants 5 feet apart in rows 10 feet apart. Mulch with a 4-inch-thick layer of sawdust or bark mulch, spread 2 feet wide around the plants. Maintain the mulch depth throughout the growing season. Water well.
CareFertilize based on a soil test each spring. An annual application of compost may be adequate. Maintain a 4-inch-thick layer of mulch to conserve moisture and water the planting with a soaker hose or drip irrigation for best berry production. Blueberries have shallow roots. Cultivate shallowly to keep down weeds, but be careful not to damage the surface roots.
Prune during the dormant season. Starting in the fourth year, remove dead and weak branches. Thin out branches smaller than the diameter of a pencil. As the bush ages, remove old, unproductive branches to stimulate new growth, leaving 6 to 8 productive branches. Prune interior crossing branches to admit light to the center of the plant. Although generally troublefree, blueberries are susceptible to a number of different disease and insect pests, depending on region. Contact your cooperative extension office for information on managing pests in your area.
HarvestingBy growing early, mid, and late-season varieties you can harvest blueberries from early summer until fall. Blueberries ripen over a two- to five-week period. Harvest highbush blueberries every 5 days as the color becomes a deep blue. Harvest rabbiteye blueberries every 10 days; their flavor improves the longer they stay on the bush. Gently roll berries between your thumb and forefinger, removing fully ripe berries and leaving unripe berries for the next picking.
29th Annual Florida's Largest Fall Home Show
Dates: 10/15/2014 – 10/17/2014
Florida State Fairgrounds Tampa
4800 Hwy., 301 N
Florida's Largest Fall Home Show at the Florida State Fairgrounds showcases over 100,000 square feet of the latest home accessories, decorating ideas, furnishings, appliances, remodeling, landscaping, and much more. With over 250 exhibitors, attendees can gain knowledge and comparison shop for virtually all items relating to their home. Through seminars, special features, guest appearances, and corporate sponsorships, Florida's Largest Fall Home Show is fun for the whole family. The show is advertised via TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, billboards, and direct mail.
Sarasota Bradenton Fall Home Show
Dates: 10/17/2014 – 10/19/2014
Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds Sarasota
3000 Ringling Blvd.
The Home Show is a consumer event designed for homeowners in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes. Each event includes hundreds of home improvement and landscaping exhibits with product demonstrations and sample interior and exterior vignettes. With a combination of new products and expert advice from the pros, the Home Show inspires homeowners with countless ideas on enhancing their home's comfort and functionality, as well as its aesthetic appeal and overall value.
Interior Decorating Services Classes (Full-Time - 12 months - 1050 Clock Hours)
Dates: 3/31/2014 – 3/31/2015
The Learning Center - Erwin Technical Center Tampa
2010 E. Hillsborough Ave.
Interior Decorating Services V200600 (Full-Time)Classes Availability Meeting Times Total Cost / Startup Costs Day / Evening DetailsView this Class March 31, 2014 M 8am-1pm; T-F 8am-2pm $3,710.75 More Info Course Photo Course InfoLength: 12 Months (1050 Clock Hours)Schedule: Monday 8 am-1 pm; Tuesday-Friday 8 am-2 pm(Summer schedule subject to change.)Basic Skill Levels:TABE Test Scores: 9's in Reading, Language and Math.COURSE OVERVIEWProgram DescriptionThis program prepares students for initial employment in interior decorating occupations or starting their own businesses.The program concentrates on design and decorating fundamentals: furniture styles, window treatments, lighting, textiles, floor coverings, color design, wall coverings, furniture buying and accessory selection. Instruction includes orientation to interior decorating careers, working with clients, selling, using computer aided software (CAD) to draw and interpret floor plans and understanding climate control. Graduates receive a diploma from Erwin Technical Center in Interior Decorating.