Simple Tips of Caring for Blueberries

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Blueberry muffins, blueberry pie, blueberry ice cream, blueberry pancakes, plain old blueberries, if you like them, you can grow them in containers or in the garden beds. If you would like to grow in containers, here are some good quality bonsai blueberry seeds.

planting blueberries

For a successful blueberry garden, it is important to choose the right variety. The number of chill hours in your area will help you make a decision on what varieties to plant and you can contact your local agriculture department to find out the chill hours in your area. For example, if you live in a cold area with a thousand chill hours or so, get a northern high-bush type. For warmer climates, go with lower chill hour southern high-bush. Get at least two varieties for optimum yields and pollination.

planting blueberries

Growing delicious blueberries all starts with the soil. Blueberries are an acid loving plant like azaleas and rhododendrons. If you are not sure the acidity of your soil, you can do simple PH test with a PH moist light meter. Blueberries like it to be between 4 and 5 on the PH scale. Controlling the PH of your soil in containers is very easy and blueberries do very well in the 30-gallon smart pots. A recipe for blueberry container mix is one part organic potting soil for nutrients and one part moss or coco peat for moisture retention. And to help create that low PH, you can add a half a pound of acid fertilizer to every cubic foot that we have of potting mix.

planting blueberries

Now the fun part is to get to plan your blueberry. Make sure to plant the blueberry up to the same spot that it was planted before and then water. If your blueberry is starting to flower, you need to do a few things to keep them healthy. Make sure your plant is getting adequate water. It like about an inch of water per week. Clear away all the weeds around your plant and then fertilize in early spring and late spring and then about half rate in fall. After fertilizing, heavily mulch to keep the root moist and cool. So after top dressing, if you don’t expect any rain in the forecast, you want to make sure and water the fertilizer into the soil.

planting blueberries

Be sure to prune off anything that was damaged during the winter. Clip off any dead twiggy or blotchy branches and trim off any low-growing side shoots at the base. Blueberries are also beautiful in the ornamental garden. They have pretty white flowers in the spring and they have beautiful fall color in the fall. So plant some blueberries.

planting blueberries

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