Do you like blueberry smoothies? Do you want fresh fruit for your tasty snacks or breakfast? Blueberries are delicious small fruits that cost way too much at the supermarket. Why not try and raise blueberries right at home? First things to consider when deciding to grow berry bushes at home are the acidity of the soil and the climate you are living in. The, be aware that the plants must have at least five feet of space between them. Also, the potted version will be best if you use 18 inches pots. I selected some tips that can help you to grow blueberry at home. Blueberries are perfect for backyard gardeners with small city-sized yards, patios, balconies, decks, and rooftops.
These dark-colored berries sit near the top of the antioxidant charts. They contain healthful substances known to protect the heart system, fight cancer, lower cholesterol, and stabilize blood sugar levels. Clinical research has proven that blueberries can help keep skin and hair looking younger, while improving memory function as well.
Check out the following tips for growing your own blueberries:
Choose the Right Blueberry for Your Area
Blueberries are not all the same. Like peaches, nectarines, apples, and every other fruit, they come in a multitude of varieties, many of which have adapted to growing in certain climates. For example, lowbush blueberries are from the colder regions and are compact plants that hold berries for a long time.
Planting / Soil
The Almanac tells as that blueberries are picky about soil. They require one that is acidic, high in organic matter, and well-drained yet moist. pH should ideally be between 4 and 5. Bushes should be planted in the early spring. If available, one to three-year-old plants are a good choice. Be sure to go to a reputable nursery. Dig holes about 20 inches deep and 18 inches wide. Space bushes about 5 feet apart. Apply fertilizer one month after planting, not at time of planting.
An excellent short booklet for beginners on how to plant and grow blueberries in the home garden is written by the author of the best-selling Fresh Food From Small Spaces book, a former columnist for Urban Farm magazine and is available HERE…