Simple How to Grow Blueberries Guide
Blueberries have one of the greatest anti-oxidant contents of all foods.
If that isn’t reason enough to start growing your own, maybe if you read the article below and you’ll decide you can grow them after all.
I love blueberries and wanted to share some well-known and maybe some not so well-known information about blueberries.
A lot of people wonder how to grow blueberries, but not many take action and actually grow them.
They are such a wonderful tasting fruit that are easy to grow, are “cold” hardy, so they are perfect for Northern gardeners as well as Southern gardeners.
You can make jam, jelly, juice, wine, liqueur, muffins, cakes and the list goes on. I hope you find the information below useful and that you decide to grow your own blueberries
Planting & Root Care
Blueberries are normally selected and planted either in the autumn or early spring. You’ll want blueberry plants that are sturdy approximately 2 ½ years old and vary in size from 24” to 36” in height.
Blueberries are acid loving plants requiring the pH level to be between 4.09 and 5.0. with adequate drainage is important and are quite shallowly rooted much like azaleas, so you will only need to dig a hole no deeper that 12 inches in most cases.
A good thick mulch protects the plants root so they stay moist in dry periods, so water generously and add plenty of mulch. Since they’re shallow-rooted you have to mulch them to keep them from dehydrating.
Mulch helps maintain the soil moisture content consistently all around the plants. In addition to mulch a good level of moisture can be achieved with drip-irrigation as needed and pruned annually.
If you don’t prune it will cause your blueberry bush to require more moisture because it will be bigger.
Blueberry bushes are also equally decorative and produce edible fruit not to mention that they are lovely plants to make use of within landscape designs. They can even be trained into fountain-shaped bushes or smaller trees and shrubs.
Plants will spread as they grow if they are not pruned, so take care not to plant too many or place them too closely together if plan on just letting them grow natural.
Sun or Shade?
They will put up with partial shade, but the more shade they are exposed to can cause the plants to develop a lot fewer blossoms and much less berries.
If all you have is a shady spot to plant them in they will withstand partial shade, particularly later in the evening.
They will grow far more vigorously and produce a lot more berries in full sunlight. They are indigenous to Canada and America, and the berries can be harvested from the wild fairly easily and in fact have been for hundreds of years.
Blueberries Are Perennial Bushes With Options
They are a very easy to grow, it really is a wonder a lot more people never grow them! They are perennial bushes that grow by starting sporadically occurring shoots from the basal crown, which develop new lateral branches.
Blueberries are a fantastic fruit crop for residential gardens simply because they need little space and also are pretty resistant to insects and disease.
They can be gently covered just after berry harvesting to keep down the height of your plant.
They are somewhat self-pollinating, which means you will harvest increasingly larger sized and more blueberries by planting a couple of varieties.
They are pretty self-sufficient, however a little care and attention will go a long way in increasing overall performance.
They may be cultivated successfully in a home garden in states like Michigan, Florida and Georgia to name a few.
But really they will grow in nearly every state, as long as you can condition the soil and provide adequate water and sun.
Blueberries aren’t exactly the most natural berry for Colorado, as a consequence of the alkaline soil there but how to grow blueberries is the same, no matter where you grow them.
They need acid soil, so if you live in an area like Colorado with alkaline soil and want to grow blueberries the dirt may be acidified by thoroughly blending a bit of granulated sulfur several months prior to planting.
Also it’s a good practice to fertilize your blueberry bushes two times in the course of the growing season, no matter where in the country you are growing them, with slow release Eco-friendly fertilizer 14-12-14 applied to the soil.
You will have to wait to add the sulfur if the soil becomes saturated with water, because you would be unable to till the soil. Taking the time to make the soil right is important because they are an acid loving plant like azaleas and rhododendrons.
Benefits & Disease Resistance
They are not only beneficial to humans but as a result of their prolific berry producing capabilities they end up feeding a great deal of wildlife too!
They could possibly have something known as the blueberry shoestring virus, though they are resistant against unwanted pests and they are generally not known for getting any kind of diseases.
Worth The Effort
Blueberries are an attractive dark-blue color and the plant produces large crops. Fruit grows in clusters of five to eight berries that ripen in succession over a period of several weeks.
They are excellent when eaten fresh, frozen or processed into products like jams, jellies and yogurt. They are generally firm, giving a distinctive “crispness” when bitten.
Blueberries are tart but sweet and make up an excellent addition to cakes, deserts and stand-alone snacks. They may be eaten fresh or used to make pies, pastries, or juice.
There is an awful lot of things to like about the blueberry, wouldn’t you say? I hope you found the above article useful and I will be posting some of my favorite blueberry recipes as we go along. I hope you enjoy them too!!