BBs require extremely acidic soil, so I'd recommend a professional soil test before planting them. Fortunately, we have very acidic soil here in the Ohio Valley, but still need to amend the soil with sulphates to maintain that acidity. Also, avoid fertilizers that derive their nitrogen from nitrates. Urea is OK, but I've found blood meal works great and is readily available. This might sound like they are fussy plants, but just observe a few basics and they are relatively maintainance free in this area.
Mine are in full sun and they seem to love it. We regularly get 90+ temps, but maybe Redding is just too hot for the Northern highbush varieties we grow. I know in the deep south they grow a cultivar that is very heat tolerant, so they may be better suited for you...I'm sure the local extension service can point you in the right direction.
GeoCWeyer wrote:Wow! our season in Minnesota and Wisconsin is at the earliest in August.
Redwinger wrote:GeoCWeyer wrote:Wow! our season in Minnesota and Wisconsin is at the earliest in August.
Yup, just before the Labor Day Blizzard.
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