How to Grow Blueberries


Article by: Linda Jenkinson

Along with lip-smacking sweetness, flower , Introducting KOI-Cam! and foliage are also worthy reasons to grow , The Most Popular Flower Fragrances blueberries. White, , US State Flags bell-shaped blossoms make a lovely addition to a spring garden , Tips for Planting Super-Sweet Grape Tomatoes and fiery scarlet foliage adds drama to a fading autumn landscape. , How Vacuum Formed Molds Are Made In addition to taste and appearance, blueberries are ripe with medical advantages; they help lower cholesterol and studies suggest that blueberries also reduce the risk of some cancers.

Types of Blueberries

1. Highbush blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum) are those usually found in the produce department of your grocery. As you might expect, they are named because the bushes grow , Redwood Outdoor Decor: Relax This Season With Furniture You Can Trust to 6-feet in height. Fruits , Like Fall Flowers - A Tip To Care For Your Winter Garden Pond are large, from ½ to an inch in diameter. Depending on variety, highbush blueberries are hardy from Zones 4 through 11.

2. Lowbush blueberries (Vaccinium angustifolium) generally reach no more than 18-inches in height. Propagated from shoots spread through underground runners, lowbush blueberries form low mats of plants , Gardening for Seniors and the Physically Challenged that produce best on a two-year cycle. The first year is the growth year and the second year is the fruiting year. The sweet, quarter-inch fruits , Redwood Outdoor Decor: Relax This Season With Furniture You Can Trust of lowbush blueberries commonly are known as Wild Blueberries and are hardy in Zones 3 through 6.

3. Half-high blueberries (V. corymbosum x V. angustifolium) are a hybrid between lowbush and highbush cultivars. Although shorter than high-bush blueberries, half-high grow , Decorative Garden Accents in much the same way as their taller relatives. Taste and size meet halfway between highbush and lowbush. An extra advantage for the northern grower is that half-high blueberries were especially bred to withstand the heavy snowfalls and cold winters , Hummingbird Migration of inland North America and are hardy to Zone 3.

4. Rabbiteye blueberries (Vaccinium ashei), native to the Southeastern United States, are the tallest of the blueberry bushes, reaching up to 10-feet in height. Because of their thick skins, rabbiteye blueberries are able to withstand southern heat , Gardening - Keeping Containers Looking Good in zones seven through nine.

Site Selection

All types of blueberries grow , Ladybugs, Ladybugs, Come to My Garden best in full sun. , Redwood Outdoor Decor: Relax This Season With Furniture You Can Trust Plants , Set Yourself Apart: Create Your Own Wind Chime Garden tolerate partial shade, but production declines as shade increases. Blueberries are shallow rooted and poor competitors against large rooted trees, , How To Brighten Up Your Home With These Flower Arrangement Ideas shrubs, , US State Flags and weeds , Cultivating Plants In Your Garden...What To Watch Out For that compete for water, , Redwood Outdoor Decor: Relax This Season With Furniture You Can Trust nutrients, and crowd airways necessary to good blueberry production.

The most important element is growing , Save Your Fish -- Heron-Proof Your Pond blueberries is soil , 5 Things To Consider Before Purchasing a Push Reel Mower composition. To make the most of your blueberry planting, begin necessary soil , Introducting KOI-Cam! amendments the year before planting. Blueberries grow , Hummingbird Migration best in loose, sandy loam. Although you may run across wild blueberries growing , Ladybugs, Ladybugs, Come to My Garden in a bog, on closer inspection you'll see that plants , Want to Learn How to Compost? grow on small, natural , Building Liner Ponds hills.

Blueberries need moisture , The Most Popular Flower Fragrances retentive, well-drained, humus-rich soil , Zucchini: A Power House of Nutrition with good aeration. Soil , Planting a Garden Pond acidity is also very important in growing , 5 Things To Consider Before Purchasing a Push Reel Mower blueberries. Plants , The Truth about Bulb Flowers need a pH of 4.0 to no more than 5.0 to thrive. Initially, bring the pH down to acceptable levels with sulphur or 4 to 6 inches of acid peat mixed into the first 6 to 8 inches of topsoil. Also, enrich soil , Don't Treat Your Like Dirt with good organic , Brilliant Corners: House Plants and Your Health compost.

Planting blueberries

Although most blueberries self-pollinate, plant , US State Flags two or more varieties within a type for a larger harvest of more voluptuous fruits. , Gallica Roses Five plants , Your Rose Garden ing provide enough blueberries for fresh eating, drying, and preserving for a family of four.

Plant blueberries in spring , Brighten Your Path By Installing Decorative Landscape Lighting after all danger of frost passes. When growing , Gardening - Schefflera Care several plants, , How Vacuum Formed Molds Are Made you may find it easier to prepare a bed , Like Fall Flowers - A Tip To Care For Your Winter Garden Pond rather than digging holes for individual plants. , Gardening Tips For the Beginner Add a generous portion of peat moss to your trench or hole both to increase the organic , How To Build A Waterfall content and to ensure continued soil , Decorative Garden Accents acidity.

Standard spacing for highbush, half-high, and rabbiteye bushes is five to six feet apart in rows eight to ten feet distant. Dig holes or make your row three to four inches deeper than the size of the root , Don't Treat Your Soil Like Dirt balls. Pack soil , Gardening Basics: Inspecting Your firmly around the roots , Brighten Your Path By Installing Decorative Landscape Lighting of each plant. , US State Flags

Plant lowbush varieties one to three feet apart in rows three to four feet distant. Cover about a third of the top stems with soil , Garden Tips for Planting Super-Sweet Grape Tomatoes to encourage runners to develop.

Once established, a blueberry bush may remain productive for decades with just a minimum of care. The second part of this article is available on the The site Linda writes for.
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