In this article, I would like to show you everything that you will need to know before you start growing blueberries. There are a lot of ways in which you can do it. But I am going to show you the best ways. Now it was not until the twentieth century that scientist figured out a way to grow blueberries. Before that the only way for humans to eat these wonderful berries was by going and finding them in the wild. They were quite rare. And also there are some added risks when you go to the wild just to get some berries. The wild animals can attack you. There are many advantages of growing blueberries. The first and the most obvious one is that it is very tasty and rare. So you might need to spend a good amount of cash to get your hands on these berries. Blueberries are also resistant to pests, and they are not known to get any diseases. They also contain antioxidants, which have a lot of uses for us. They can treat infertility. They are very easy to grow, and one blueberry plant can supply you with these tasty berries for up to twenty years! That’s a lot! They also add a lot of beauty to a place where they are grown. There are more advantages to growing blueberries than you can imagine. SO let’s start on how you can grow these berries.
What type of blueberry you want to grow?
Now, before you go on a start thinking about planting the berries, you have to decide what type of blueberry you want to grow. There are three types of blueberries, little bush, highbush and rabbiteye. These are the three kinds, and they adapt differently to the climate that they are grown in. Some grow better in a particular climate, while others don’t. So chose the type that is best suited for your climate and your area. Your needs might also be different, so also chose these to their merits. Now let’s start with the lowbush variety, they grow best in the cold weather. They can stand a lot of abuse from the weather and have a hardiness zone through six. They grow from six to eighteen inches in length, and they are also small in size. They are quite sweet as well. The highbush variety is the complete opposite. They grow best in the warm weather. They are the most known and common type of blueberry around. They are quite large and dark in color. The rabbit eye variety does best in extreme temperatures. They are known to survive droughts, and they are not as big as highbush berries, and they also ripen later in summer than the other two types.
You will also have to bear in mind that the three different varieties take the different amount of space and you will need to think through your plans if you want a perfect garden for blueberries. The rabbit eye takes the most space, so if you are low on space, then highbush, or lowbush is the way to go for you. Now you might already have some ideas on pollination. If a flower has most male and female organs, then it is said to be self-pollinating. Well, that is not the case for all the flowers, some don’t self-pollinate. The blueberry flowers have both male and female parts on the same plant. If they don’t self-pollinate, make sure that you provide enough opportunities for them to cross pollinate. Then, you have to make sure that the soil on which you will be planting the blueberries on have a good drainage. Because if it does not then you will have problems in the growth of the plants. You should avoid areas where the water can make puddles or might flood the area. These low-lying areas should be avoided because that would mean that you would be providing too much water to the plants, and that is a bit dangerous for the plant. You can make a raised bed for the plants where they will grow without any water flooding. You can make the raised bed out of wood. Blueberries are advised to grow in raised beds, and that is because they are very well in raised beds. You can use cedar boards to do this. Then, you have to check the pH of the soil that you are planning to grow the blueberry on. Fruits do better on soils that are a bit acidic. So you should use the acidic pH, but don’t get too acidic on the soil. Anything around 5.5 should be enough for the blueberries. But no, that is enough for most plants. Blueberries prefer a more acidic pH that is around five. You should have the necessary equipment’s needed to measure the pH of the soil. You can make adjustments to the soil’s pH yourself, so all you need to know is the pH of the soil. Sometimes the pH of the soil can drop below four, that is when you need to use limewater to increase the pH of the soil.
Start planting the blueberry plants
You should buy already grown blueberry plants for this. If you want to start from the seeds, then the work for you will increase, and the plants will take a lot of time to start producing fruits. The plants that you buy should be about three years old, anything that is younger than this will take more time to grow, and you will have a hard time waiting for the berries to grow out of them. But if you are still determined to grow them from seeds, you can. Put the seeds three inches beneath the surface of the soil and wait for the seeds to germinate, they should take about a month to germinate.