Location, Location, Location - How To Grow Blueberries
If you are interested in growing blueberry bushes, it is important to
choose the right part of your yard. Depending on the variety
selected, plants grow well in full sun but can also tolerate part shade.
Although shade won't stop berries from forming, there will be much
than if they are planted in a sunnier location.
You may not automatically think of this but do avoid planting
blueberries anywhere near a home's foundation. The bushes won't hurt the
but concrete and brick foundations can contain lime. This can raise the
PH of nearby soil to undesirable levels. It is best not to take chances.
You Need Acid Soil For Growing Blueberry Bushes
Blueberries grow best in acid soil, which means the PH level needs to be
ideal. You can check your soil with a pH meter like these. The best PH level is around 4.0 to 5.5 but don't despair if your
isn't in the perfect range. You can add soil amendments to achieve the
right acidity. Peat moss, sulphur and professional preparations like the ones here can be
make a more acid soil to grow blueberries. It is also very important
that the ground be similar to woodland soil, with a minimum of clay or
which inhibits drainage.
How much peat moss should you add? Aim for about 40 percent
per plant. If the soil is full of heavy clay, compost and other
additives may be needed. If
you see many earthworms, that is a sign that the soil is the right
texture but you'll want to double check the acid levels. Sand is also
drainage and keeping the soil from tamping down too much.
Which Blueberry Varieties To Choose?
There are many varieties to consider when growing blueberry bushes. To
find the right ones for your part of the country, you can consult a
Alternately, you can call a local garden center, one which specializes
in fruit bushes.
If you order from a mail order catalog, you will most likely get
bare root plants which need to arrive after all danger of frost in your
area. Many gardeners prefer to buy a blueberry bush from a local garden
especially since the plant may be in a pot, surrounded by soil, ready to
Never buy just one blueberry bush, but select a number of them,
preferably of different varieties. This will help promote pollination.
about the types of plants, as each will have special characteristics.
Some can tolerate more shade while others might produce more berries.
When to Plant Blueberry Bushes in Your Area
Consult a frost chart for your part of the country as it is very
important that you are planting blueberries after all danger of frost is
After checking the PH level of the ground to make sure it is the 4.0 to
4.5 range, run your hands through the dirt to make sure it is
soft and full of loam. If the soil is hard to work, the ground may not
be past frost danger.
If the soil is ideal, there isn't much need to feed blueberry plants in
the first year, although this is a source of debate among gardeners.
to add fertilizer after blueberry bushes have a healthy set of leaves
and that can take up to two years.
Since azaleas like acid soil
(just like blueberries) azalea food is fine for growing blueberries.
Just be sure to keep testing the soil periodically to make sure PH
levels are ideal.
Pruning Blueberry Bushes - Less Is More!
Experienced gardeners know that these shrubs grow best on old wood,
so careful pruning can help aid growth. Check all old wood and carefully
cut off any that is truly dead but be sure to leave some old wood. If
the plant contains only new wood due to over-pruning, there will be very few
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