Growing your own blueberries is not as difficult as you might have imagined, nor do you have to go out to the supermarket to buy those expensive and ‘old’ blueberries in those little half-pint containers. This article will show you how to grow your very own fresh, healthy, and juicy blueberries in your own home.
Planting blueberries is started by choosing the proper plants for your area. There are different varieties available for all areas from north to south for the best growing and yielding plants. Be sure to choose accordingly if you are buying from one of those mail-order companies. The best price does not mean anything if the variety you choose does not bode well for your environment. Buying from a local nursery is the best way to go because they will be selling only plants suitable for your area.
Choose your site for planting blueberries. Blueberries require ample sunlight and well-drained soil. A minimum of 5-6 hours of sun will work. If your soil is a heavy clay type, amend the soil with a little sand and lots of organic material such as peat moss. Organic material is also a must for sandy-type soils. If you’re going to grow in containers, locate them in a proper sunny location. Filling the pots with the proper soil is rather easy because of the varieties of bagged potting soil mixes available at nurseries and those big box stores.
When you are planting your blueberries, spacing them is important. Two to three feet apart is a good way to go for good hedge-type planting. One plant per pot is the most you should plan for. Of course, you can plant individual plants throughout your property.
Mulching is an important step when planting blueberries. After they are in the ground, mulch them in with a good quality mulch from either sore bought store bags, or from your own compost heap. This will help in keeping weeds down, keeping soil temperatures consistent, and also aids in nutrients for your blueberries.
After your blueberries are planted, water them in right away and plan on giving them a good drink at least once a week. Feeding them acid-base food is also a must. Check with your local nursery or big box store for fertilizers that work well for acid-loving plants such as azaleas, they will work just fine and give you excellent results. Plan on feeding them at least three times during the growing season.
Pruning your blueberries will be required from time to time for healthy and higher-yielding plants. Blueberry plants that get older will start forming woody stems that will have to be pruned back from time to time. Check the video above for pruning tips.
With the high cost of blueberries and the popularity of this superfood, you will be doing yourself a great favor by planting blueberries at your home today!
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