How To Grow Your Own Blueberries
Blueberries are delicious, healthy and easy to grow. You can easily grow them in your garden with these basic tips from Linsey Evans.
Blueberries are tasty, easy to grow and really healthy. Here are some tips on how to grow them. Blueberries do really well in pots.
You can get a reasonable crop whatever the size of your garden. They prefer a light, free draining acidic soil, with plenty of rich organic matter. The soil should have a ph between 4 and 5.
5, similar to the requirement of rhododendrons and camellias. This is very important - they will not grow in a soil which is insufficiently acidic. You can lower the ph levels of your soil and make it more acidic by using sulphate of ammonia, which can be bought in a garden center.
It must be added three weeks before planting to take effect. Monitor the soil's ph every few years. If you do not have suitable soil, grow blueberries in a pot containing ericaceous compost.
If the plants are high potash feed such as tomato fertilizer and occasionally during the growing season, you need to grow two different varieties of blueberries to ensure cross pollination. A single blueberry plant will produce fruit but the yields will be higher and the fruits bigger if more than one plant is grown in the same place. Grow them in full sun or partial shade, but in the autumn and winter, leave about a meter and a half gap between them.
A mulch with an acidic mulch - peat with chippings or pine needles are particularly good for them. Water them well using rain water. Tap water contains lime which makes the soil much less acidic over time.
Birds absolutely love blueberries so you need to use net to protect the plants from birds while they are fruiting. Mulch the plants every spring. Use some chipped up pine needles.
These are really, really great because they are very, very acidic. Water the plants regularly with rain water when the buds begin to show in spring until their leaves fall in the autumn. Blueberries are ready for picking when they are turn to deep blue.
The fruits should easily pull away when they are ripe. Leave them on the bush for a few more days after they turn blue for better flavor. They must be picked or they will drop.
Blueberries produce fruit on the previous year's growth. For the first two or three years, it is not really necessary to prune them much. Just keep the plants tidy.
After they're starting regular pruning, you need to prune them between November and March once they are dormant. To prune the plants, take any dead, dying and diseased wood. Remove one or two of the oldest canes at the base of the plant every year.
Prune out the lower branches that will be on the ground when the plant is laden with fruits and remove all the twiggy wood on the ends of the fruiting natural branches. So, that is some tips on how to grow fantastic delicious blueberries. .