How to Grow Blueberries

Those who have empty land might opt to grow blueberries. The background story is simple: blueberries are loved by many, thus making a good commodity to sell. Even when the harvest is over flowing, there are ways to make home made products with the sweet blueberry. So, what are the gardeners waiting for?

Fertile Soil

The definition of fertile soil is the soil with rich organic compound and good amount of moisture. This kind of soil usually has dark color and neither too lose or too watery. In blueberries case, the fertile soil must be on the acidic side. Of course, it will be a big disadvantage for alkaline soil. Don’t worry. There are ways to make it more acidic.

Dig two holes in the blueberry bed area, each has two and six inches deep. Fill the hole with peat moss and sand. Cover the area with aged sawdust. It will act as the mulch. Before watering, don’t forget to mix two teaspoon of vinegar to each water gallon.

Organic Fertilizer

Another fact of blueberries plant: it requires fertilizer, but not as much as the bell pepper. Instead of being rich, the soil must have enough acid. Just put enough fertilizer on the bed, around four inches for the low bush.

Another important thing is the fertilizer used. Organic wins against the non-organic ones. First, the organic type won’t burn the delicate roots. Second, the nitrogen provided are easily absorbed by the plants.

In addition to the organic fertilizer, the gardeners could also add the seed meals. Many gardeners use the soybean or alfalfa meal. Pour a quarter to two cups based on the size of the plants.

Pruning

Good news for the gardeners: blueberry should be pruned on its fourth years. From the first to third year, the plants will grow and establish itself. The first pruning should be done in the late winter. Aim for the old branches, the misplaced ones, and the non productive stems. It will help the growth of young and fruitful branches.

The low bush variant has ideal pruning of cutting the whole plants down. Several gardeners burn the whole farm, but it is not a recommended way. Do the pruning every three or two years only. For the tall bush, the active blooming period is around six years. Thus, the first cut must be the six years old branches.

Pests

Who loves blueberries except human? The answer is birds. The sweet aroma of ripening fruit will lure big groups of birds to the farm. In many cases, the pests enjoy all the blueberries even before the fruit blooms.

Later when you come for harvesting, there might be nothing left. To prevent this unfortunate event, cover the blueberries area with bird-proof netting. Another option is caging the ripen tree.

No matter what the types are, blueberries could grow well only in fertile soil. As a consequences, those who own less fertile land should make extra effort, adding extra fertilizer. Also, don’t forget to do the pruning for maximum harvest. Last, shoo away the birds. Otherwise they will have blueberries party!