Where do you plant your blueberries? Is there a spot in your yard that is better then another?
Yes, I think there is.
Do you want to get out as much blueberries as you can from your bush?
If so, read on!
After some research I found out that blueberry plants really likes the sun.
But there is a few more things to think about when you are looking for your best spot in your yard to plant your blueberry bush.
For example protection, soil and how to plant.
We all want want our plants to thrive, so lets make the best of it!
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Blueberries Are Easy To Grow At Home
The American blueberry is very grateful to grow at home. They are larger than the wild berries which makes them much easier to pick. But they aren't the healthiest blueberries available.
The European blueberries are healthier than the American ones though. So it's up to you to decide which one you want. Read more about the differences between the European and the American blueberry, to choose the right one for you.
I think it's amazing to be able to go out into your own garden and pick your own berries that you have grown yourself.
There are two ways to grow blueberries; you can buy blueberry seeds or you can buy small precultured plants.
Whichever you choose I recommend you to buy two different varieties of seeds or plants. With two different varieties you get cross pollination between the varieties which in turn leads to greater harvest.
Pick The Spot For Your Blueberry Plant Carefully
When choosing your place in the garden where to plant your blueberry bush, you have a few things to consider.
First and foremost, look for the sunniest place in your garden. A sunny place is a prerequisite for a good harvest.
Second, if you have hedges or another kind of wind protection around the cultivation site, the plants will thrive even better.
If you live on the beach and have the ocean as your nearest neighbor, then you must ensure that there is protection for the plants against the salt.
It's possible to plant the bushes in a spot which is a half shadow, but if you do, you have to ensure that the place is very airy, but not windy.
For pollination, the plant is best placed in a sunny, calm location, preferably in leeward.
The Soil For Your Blueberry Bush Is Important
Good soil with the right ingredients is the best way to create the best condition for your plants roots.
Blueberry plants are sour-soil plants (acidic soil). In order for your blueberry plant to thrive, the plant will need the soil to have a low pH value of 4.0 - 5.0.
The easiest way to achieve this if your soil isn't sour, is by digging a pit where you mix in some soil that has a low ph value, such as rhododendron soil or non limed, non manured peat.
In order for the plants to flourish, the soil must be able to contain water. The plants must not dry out! However, don't give them too much water at the same time, there is a risk that the soil becomes less acidid which will affect the plants negatively.
Blueberry plants really like rainwater, so if you're able to, water the plants with rainwater.
Clay-soil is an example of a soil that's able to contain water.
If you have sandy-soil in your garden, which doesn't hold water as well as the clay-soil, be sure to keep a close watch on the plants and water whenever necessary.
How To Plant The Blueberry Plant (Video)
Before planting your blueberry plant you can to put the whole plant in a bucket of water for a while, so that the roots will get wet thoroughly. This is a good start to avoid dehydration.
In order to get a good sprouting, it is important to plant the blueberry plant a little deeper into the ground than it was in its pot. If the soil sinks in after a while, you can fill up with peat.
If you're planting more then one blueberry plant you should put a distance of 1.5 meters between the plants. The plants grow quite large and they need their space and also so they can get enough water from the ground and get a lot of sun on their leaves.
If you don't feel like to dig a deep pit, you can advantageously grow the blueberry bushes in a raised cultivation bench made of planks or pallets. Approximately 2-3 decimeter above the ground, and the rest of the plant will have to go down into the ground. This makes the soil warmer and that benefits the plants.
Normally you don't have to crop blueberry bushes, but you can clear damaged twigs and branches by cutting them off with a secateurs when needed.
If birds won't leave your bushes alone, the easiest way to protect your blueberries is to put a net over the bush, but it can also work to spray sugar water on the bushes.
Conclusion: Do It Right And Enjoy Your Own Blueberries For Decades To Come!
Remember that blueberries are both very tasty and very healthy!
Read all about the health benefits of blueberries and what separates the European blueberry from the American one in our article named Are European Blueberries Good For You? Better Than US Ones?.
Once you've cultivated your very own blueberry bushes, you'll be eating your own blueberries for decades to come!
Just be sure to find the best spot, almost always the sunniest one, and remember to buy different varieties of blueberry seeds or plants so that you increase your chances of cross-pollination.
Cross-pollination means even more blueberries to enjoy!
Frequently asked questions about Planting Blueberries
Can you grow your own blueberries?
Yes, blueberries are quite easy to grow yourself. There are two ways to grow blueberries; you can either plant blueberry seeds or buy pre-cultured plants. A great tip is to plant two different varieties of blueberry bushes near each other. That way they will cross pollinate which in turn can lead to a greater harvest.
In what kind of soil do blueberry bushes thrive in?
Good soil is important for blueberry plants to thrive. Blueberry plants are sour-soil plants, they need acidic soil. For optimal condition the soil should have a low pH value between 4.0 – 5.0.
Do blueberries need to be planted in full sun?
Blueberry bushes really like sun. It’s possible to plant your bush in half-shadow, but it thrives in a sunny location. The sunnier spot you have the greater is the chance for pollination and therefor bigger harvest.
Where is the best location to place a blueberry bush?
Blueberry bushes thrives best in a sunny, calm location, preferably in leeward. If the bush is placed in half-shadow, it need so be an airy location, but not windy.
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