I want to start some blueberries and raspberries this year. However, due to some other major work going on in our yard, I won’t be able to plant them until probably the last half of May. They’d get majorly disturbed if I planted before. I live in South Carolina, not sure if late May will be a bad time and I should just wait until next year or if I can go ahead.
I did think of buying the plants now and putting them in large pots or buckets until I could plant them out later. What do you think? Any other zone 7 gardens had any luck with later fruit plantings?
It shouldn’t be a problem as long as you are around to water them after they go in. Because you won’t be planting in the spring (wet season), they will need more supplemental water and you will need to keep a closer eye on them until they get established.
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