How to Plant Blueberries

By iMages - November 12, 2020

There are many benefits of learning how to grow blueberries. At any moment you like you can enjoy the wonders of this delicious fruit and even add many different flavors to different meals and pancakes. Keep in mind that growing blueberries is a very simple process in itself.

Choosing the right location

Areas with rich quantities of sunlight are preferable for planting blueberries. A proper drainage system is of critical importance, as in most plants. 

The plant would be forced to die by excess quantities of water. 

Soil content may be made of clay and it is also often advised to use rocky soil. 

The soil does not need significant quantities of acid. For growing blueberries, a pH level of 4.0 to 5.5 is generally considered to be healthy.

It is known, however that a greater acid content in the soil will not harm the plant. In the spring season, blueberries produce the sweetest fruit.

How to Plant the Blueberries

  • A hole of 2 feet or so should be dug. 
  • A minimum of 18 inches deep should be the depth of this hole. 
  • The hole's maximum depth could be 24 inches deep. 
  • They will need to be coated with peat until the blueberries have been planted. 
  • Regular watering is also important for the plant. If the blueberries are being planted in a high bush pattern, 4 to 6 ft of space has to be left. Mostly, 3 ft to 4 ft covers half the bush.
  • To allow moisture to remain approximately 5 to 6 inches of mulch must be applied to the top of the soil. "You can use pine needles and sawdust as "mulch". Wood chips and broken leaves also fall under the mulch group.
  • The small branches on the side should be cut off once the blueberry plant has been planted in the hole. 
  • In later years, the plant can produce more fruit if the blossoms are removed during the initial two years. 
  • It is also important to add the correct quantities of fertilizer.
  •  In two installments, they should be added. In spring, the first installment should be covered up and the second during summer time. Buds involve the addition of fertilizer during the summer.

Tips for Pruning

  • The best time for blueberry plants to snipe is in winter.
  • Bear in mind that when planting and pruning blueberries, two things must be held in mind. Firstly, during the season, buds for the next year will emerge and, secondly, the buds will pop out of the plant only in the second year.
  • By cutting off some of the dead branches present in the plant, the pruning process should be initiated.
  • Trimming the stalks seen in the bush plants is the next step. 
  • There should be no chopping off half of the new development. 
  • The pruning process reduces the amount of fruit produced, but it is generally seen that the size of the berries is much greater.

Avoiding Birds

As they can ruin the fruit, you need to keep the blueberry plants away from birds. Using a net over the plant is probably the safest technique to do this. 

To keep the birds away,  some people add a much greater number of bushes around the plant. 

This is by far the smart solution as it helps the blueberry fruits to be shared by both you and the birds.




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