Blueberries are perennial flowering plants with indigo-colored berries from the section Cyanococcus within the genus Vaccinium. Species in the section Cyanococcus are the most common fruits sold as “blueberries” and are native to North America.
If you are someone who enjoys blueberries and loves to use them on a daily basis, then maybe it’s time to think about growing your own plant instead of paying the enormous prices at the store. You’ll be surprised to see how easy it is and you’d wish you’ve done this before.
Planting your bush:
The best timing for planting a new bush is spring or fall.
You can place the bush in patio containers or raised beds. But you can also plan it directly in the ground.
However, wherever you chose to locate it you should that the soil is very important for the plant, so pay attention when you chose –it needs to be well-worked and well drained. Just like the soil, the sun also plays a significant role, so chose a place where you’ll know that the bush will constantly be exposed to the sun. And the last and equally important factor is the water. Blubbery roots need constant moistening, so place it near sprinkling system or water it regularly.
When you chose the right location determine the space for the bush. It has to be two and a half feet in diameter and one foot deep. Dig up half of the soil, replace it with an equal amount of soaked peat moss and shuffle it well.
Take the plant and straighten its roots before putting it in the ground. When putting the plant in the ground, leave it half an inch above the surface, stomp the soil tightly around the ball root and bury any exposed roots. Water it well and regularly. Take care of your bush:
At first just water it regularly until the bush grows well. It will then start to produce fruits. During blooming it is recommended to remove some of the flowers and annually prune your bush. It may sound strange but this way you will get a bigger bush, and fruits with better quality.
You can use fertilizers to help the growth but be careful because blueberries are sensitive to over-fertilization. Don’t use the manures fertilizers because they can damage your bush, the best choice would be blood meal and cottonseed fertilizers.
Because of their shallow roots it’s good to use sawdust, grass clippings, acid compost, or bark as mulches.
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