The beautiful autumn colours of the blueberries are extremely attractive to the home grower. However, when it comes to taste, the fruit is super delicious and packed with antioxidants.
You can grow them either in containers or in garden borders.
It’s pretty easy to grow blueberries because they don’t demand much effort on your part.
For your information, here are some simple tips that will help you grow better, tastier blueberries.
- Keep the soil moist. You can use compost to retain the moisture in the soil. However, never leave the soil soggy and wet.
- Never leave the ground dry between watering. In other words, find a balance.
- Use the rainwater that you have available for your crop because tap water could increase the pH level of the blueberries. However, you can obviously use tap water only in drought conditions and when you don’t have other options.
- Make sure the soil is acidic (the pH is equal to or less than 5.5). You must check the soil’s pH in spring. And if it’s higher than 5.5, consider adding sulphur chips.
- Apply general-purpose fertiliser to the container plants every month.
- Always use the fertiliser manufactured for ericaceous plants. It is readily available.
- Apply the high nitrogen fertiliser and ericaceous mulch to ground plants annually.
- Don’t feed the fertiliser too much because blueberries are sensitive to overfeeding.
- Prune the plants in the first two years if needed. Then you can prune in late February to early March. While pruning, make sure to cut only 1/4 of old wood to ensure a productive plant.
- Cover the plants with fleece in winter to protect them from frost
Blueberries love to grow in light soils. So, while planting the blueberries, make sure the soil is acidic, well-drained, and moist. Besides, a sunny and sheltered pace is also a must.
Most importantly, you should maintain the pH of the soil according to the requirements of blueberries. They can’t tolerate alkaline pH.
You may be wondering exactly how you are able to check the pH of soli. It is straightforward – you can use the pH testing kits available online for this purpose. And, as stated above, if the pH is higher than 5.5, add sulphur chips before you plant the blueberries.
You can also plant the blueberries in a container if the pH of the soil is higher. Besides, container cultivation is also an option if your garden’s soil is heavy.
However, if your garden’s soil is favourable for blueberries cultivation, you must add organic matter to it. However, we recommend that you avoid the application of well-rotted farmyard manure because it is alkaline.
Growing in containers
If you wish to grow the blueberries in containers, consider the following tips.
- Choose a container of 12 inches diameter for young.
- Transfer the plants to a 18-20 inches container when it is more mature.
- Place a crock on the drainage hole while planting. It will in retaining the moisture.
- Feed the plant with ericaceous compost.
Mid-summer is the time when berries start ripening.
You can pick them up when they turn dusky blue. But, keep in mind; all the berries don’t ripen at once. So, keep checking to find if they are ready to be picked or not.
You can use the Blueberries in several ways. For instance, you can
- Eat them fresh;
- Dry and freeze them for later;
- Use them in cooking.
Birds can wreck the crop. They can eat seedlings, fruit, buds, leaves, and vegetables.
- Cover the plants with fleece or net.
- Bird-scaring devices like scarecrows could also help. Failing that. Stand outside and flap your arms!
Have you noticed greenfly colonies on leaves and soft shoot tips? Well, these are aphids that suck your plant’s sap. Moreover, they also encourage the growth of sooty moulds by secreting sticky honeydew.
You can avoid aphids in two ways:
- Use biocontrol in the greenhouse.
- Squash the aphid colonies with the thumb and finger
Leaves become stunted and shrink as white powdery deposit forms on the leaf surface.
- Grow the plant in colder conditions
- Keep the soil moist.
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