Growing blueberries and lilacs in West texas.
I was just wondering if you have had any success with growing blueberries or lilacs outdoors here in West Texas with the extreme heat that we have here?
Hello. Welcome to the forums. Sorry, I am late posting back. It has been a busy few days.
Blueberries are very tough in West Texas. Blueberries like their soil to be acidic with a pH no higher than 5.5. The normal pH range of the soil in West Texas is well above 7.5 and often near 8.5 This makes it extremely difficult to grow blueberries. Some people do manage it in containers. The other problem is that our tap water pH also runs high so that every time you water your plants you are raising the pH in the soil.
You may have better luck with lilacs. These beautiful flowers prefer a neutral to slightly alkaline soil, in the neighborhood of 7.0 to 7.5 pH. You will need soil that is rich and drains well. Lilacs don't like to have wet feet and if planted in a place where the soil moisture remains too high, they will not do well. Lilacs also prefer full sun. Put them in a place where they will get at least six hours of full sun each day. Lilacs need at least an inch of water per week but they need to dry out between waterings. Top dress around them with compost a couple of times a year and mulch them well to help retain soil moisture.
Avoid overfeeding. If you apply too much fertilizer, your lilacs won't bloom. I recommend only using compost tea and a top dressing of compost. With a layer of mulch, this is all the fertilizer your plants should need and you don't risk overfeeding or burning them with salt-based synthetic fertilizer.
Hope this helps.