Little globes of sweetness explode with flavor as you shovel them by the handful into your mouth. Blueberries are undeniably delicious, whether they are raw or cooked in a heart-warming pie, they’re irresistible. I challenge anyone to turn down a humble blueberry!
And what’s even better is these happy-looking berries are good for us as well! So you are going to want to follow our guide on how to grow limitless blueberries of your own at home!
How to Grow Limitless Blueberries
We know you want to find out the secrets behind growing your own blueberry bush…well keep reading to find out!
Find the Perfect Spot
Much like other plants, blueberry bushes enjoy quite a lot of sunlight and good soil. The sunlight will allow your blueberry bush to carry out photosynthesis, which is essential in plant growth! The correct soil will also encourage photosynthesis and growth.
If you live in a home with a garden, then raised beds are a great idea! This will allow water to run throughout the soil, allowing a perfect amount of moisture for the bush to grow. If you live in an apartment, don’t worry! You can still effectively grow blueberries; you just need to purchase a patio container. You can also try the dwarf blueberry plant, which will only grow about 2 feet high (instead of up to 8 feet!).
2. Give our blueberry bushes enough space
Blueberries need quite a lot of room to grow in, so separate your bushes by 2-2.5 feet, or 6 feet space for one bush. If you are planting the bushes in rows, separate them by 8-10 feet.
3. The planting process
In most countries in the world, the optimal time to plant your blueberry bush is either spring or fall. In some countries they can be planted throughout the whole year.
If you are planting a baby blueberry plant, you’ll need to take it out of its bought packaging. Ruffle its roots with your hands then place it into prepared soil. Then add some more soil around the roots until it can stand up on its own.
Pat down the top layer of the soil and then water your plant. Because they are shallow-rooted, blueberries require more water than other plants so make sure to always keep your blueberry bush hydrated.
Note: Your blueberry bush will only thrive well if the soil meets their needs. So, you’ll have to make sure that:
– Soil is well drained because if water stands in the location where you are planting for more than two days don’t plant your blueberry bush there.
– Acidic soil with pH of 5.0 is the ideal soil for growing your blueberry bush
The best wreathes for the blueberry are sawdust, rind mulch, grass clippings and acid tripe. The blueberry has great benefits from wreathes because of its shallow roots.
Only 2-4 inches of wreathe are more than enough for preserving moisture, disabling weeds from growing and ensuring organic matter. You need to perform this procedure every year and make sure you are not using any rind or sawdust from cedar or redwood tree!
For every blueberry bush pruning is crucial so that you can avoid over-fruiting that can lead to small fruits. Make sure your bush is strong enough before bearing fruits when it begins to grow.
Detach most of the flower blooms when they are appearing. You will have stronger and healthier plant if you are pruning the bushes regularly.
Here, we’re also offering you several tips on pruning:
– Remove the low growths around the bottom of the bush
– Clear any dead wood
– Cut off short and discolored branches
– Clear 1/3 – 1/2 of the wood of the bush
This is one of the most important stage of growing your blueberry bush. You should always use organic fertilizers as the chemicals found in inorganic ones may damage you plant! They’re non-toxic, better for the environment and ensure you plant will remain fertilized for an extended period.
Blueberry bushes take up to 3 years to mature and give you your amazing blueberry harvest. Keep that in mind when you’re choosing whether to plant from seed or from a baby plant.
Now, sit back, relax and watch your blueberry bush grow from day to day and before you know it, you’ll be using our blueberry syrup recipe as a great alternative to sugar! Go on, grow your own.