The blueberry not only bears delicious fruit high in fiber and vitamin C but does double duty as an ornamental landscape shrub. Blueberries are very easy for the home gardener to grow and enjoy.
How To Grow Blueberries
- Chose blueberry varieties appropriate to you garden hardiness zone.
- While blueberries are technically self-pollinating, the use of at least two different varieties will greatly enhance fruit size and yield.
- Plant with soil 1/4”- 1 1/2” above the root system
- Spaced 4 ft. apart and mulched regularly.
- Blueberries require an acid soil with a pH of5-5.0 with a high organic content to maintain moisture.
- Newly-planted blueberries will need deep watering during their first spring and summer so they can establish themselves.
Caring For Blueberries
- For best fruit production deep water when the berries begin to set and grow.
- Add iron sulfate to acidify the soil, if needed.
- Unless you have acidic soil, grow blueberries in large pots.
- Feed with a fertilizer formulated for blueberries (according to package).
- Mulching will improve plant health and fruit yield.
- Pine needles are good mulch for acid-loving
- Insects and disease are rarely a problem.
- Netting and other protective measures for birds may be required when berries begin to ripen.
- Harvest after berries has been blue for a few days for peak nutrient content.
- The immediate consumption or preservation of the berries is recommended.
- Blueberries can be used in smoothies, scones, muffins and a whole range of other delicious desserts. However, freezing my well be the easiest and way to preserve blueberries for future use.
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