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Blueberries - the taste of love infused with many benefits which enhance your tastebuds and nutrition. With having multi-features, it makes your landscape look terrific. Before we move on - How to grow blueberries?
Let’s know some basics needed to plant this fruit.
If you want to grow edibles in your garden or indoor then, this is the best option for you. The two in one combo, on one side, gives you tasty and nutritional fruits, on the other side, makes your landscape beautiful. It is the best plant for inexperienced gardeners. Plus, it is easy to learn how to grow berries. But be sure your soil is right for the roots so that the roots can spread through it.
Now let’s know more about growing blueberries.
How to Choose Blueberries?
The key to success to grow this fruits is to choose the right variety of blueberries for your region. Following are the blueberries varieties classified by height:
Lowbush: It grow from one to two feet in height.
Half-high: This type of blueberry grow between three to four feet in height.
Highbush: High bush has a height of about four to seven feet.
Rabbiteye: It grows ten to fifteen feet in height.
For growing blueberries in a low chiller area, pick highbush or rabbiteye types. Choose lowbush, highbush, and half-high berries for regions with cold winters.
If you want to grow in containers, pick half-high, low bush, and newer dwarf blueberry bushes. Make sure the variety you have chosen that is hardy to two zones colder than your hardiness zone. As the pots provide less root insulation than the ground does.
Most blueberry plants are self-pollinating, but if you want a better and big yield. Then, start cross-pollination. That means you should plant at least two types of blueberry.
All types of blueberry varieties do not flower at the same time. Some bloom and ripe early but others flower and ripe later. Know more about which berry variety will work better in your region from online or nearby gardening experts.
Where to Plant Blueberries?
Blueberries grow well in the presence of the full sun. So plant them in containers and place them in a spot which gets morning sun ( And a little afternoon shade in a slightly warm region).
What Kind of Soil to Use for Blueberries?
For best results, choose acidic soil. Blueberries do well in the ideal soil pH between 4.5 to 4.8 (pH value measures how acidic or alkaline soil is). If you want to check your soil health for blueberries, then know from nearby gardening centers. If azaleas grow well in your soil - it means it is perfect for blueberries (as azaleas need acidic soil to grow). Or you can purchase a soil test kit from an online and nearby shop to check the pH balance of your soil.
Use Plantic Organic Fertilizer which is the best solution, for maintaining the correct pH balance of your soil for optimum growth. If you are planting blueberries directly in the ground, increase organic matter in soil with Plantic Organic BloomDrop! Liquid Plant Food. This all-purpose plant food enriches the soil bed with all essentials and helps your plants grow well organically. Its liquid formulation dissolves in water and soil and makes it easier for you to feed your plants.
So, start by digging the soil up to 3 inches and then add a fertile acidic soil and thoroughly mix Plantic Water Storing Crystals. It helps reduce water stress in plants and keep the soil moist. Then make a proper space for planting and then plant it. After plantation, feeds the plants with starter plant food - Plantic Organic StartDrop!
Drench the soil with Plantic Organic BloomDrop! Liquid Plant Fertilizer after a month. It will give your plants super growth and bloom by enriching the soil with all essentials.
When to Plant Blueberries?
You often see blueberry plants in shops and nurseries for sale. It depends on your area, which time is best for blueberry plantation. In colder regions - fall or spring is the best time.
How to Plant Blueberries?
Blueberry plants need ample elbow room. Plant them in a distance of 2 to 2.5. If you want to grow only a few, then arrange them in a block, helps improve pollination. To plant in a container, make sure the pots are at least 20 to 24 inches in diameter. Water the plants well, soaking the rootball and surrounding.
How to Water Blueberries?
Every plant needs water to do its routine task. So, water your plants whenever they look upset and dry. During the growing seasons, keep your soil consistently moist. Blueberries are more susceptible to drying out as they have shallow roots. Take a look on the soil layer every day and when they look dry, water them. During watering, focus on root zones.
If you often go outside for vacation or meetings and don’t have regular time to water your plants. Then, it’s better to add Plantic Water Storing Crystals thoroughly in the soil during or after plantation.