Blueberries are some of the most popular and loved berries. If you have never grown them before, you might be a little intimidated by the process.
Here is our list of top 5 blueberry growing tips that will help get your crop off to a great start this season!
Secrets to Growing Lots of Delicious Blueberries
#1 Plant in a Sunny Location
Blueberries are a sun-loving plant, so if you have an area that receives at least six hours of sunlight per day, this might be the best place to set up your new berry patch! Make sure there’s enough space too – blueberries can grow over 18 inches wide!
Sunlight also helps these plants stay healthy by producing chlorophyll which provides them with much-needed nutrients. If possible, try planting near trees or other natural shading areas as well for added protection from harsh rays. You should also make sure you have a place to get plenty of water.
This is important because blueberries grow best in soil with a pH between four and five, so it’s crucial that there be enough moisture present. If your garden has dry periods or if the weather gets hot later on, make sure to provide extra watering. This kind of attention will help keep these plants happy!
#2 Test for pH
Blueberries grow best when their soil has an optimal level of acidity – which usually ranges from four to five (although some varieties prefer higher levels).
You can test your soil by using a kit from your local nursery or garden store before planting this new crop into the ground – just ask about what type they recommend for your type of soil.
#3 Water Well
Blueberries need a lot of water to make sure that the soil they grow in stays moist and healthy, so it’s important to regularly give them plenty of moisture. This will help keep their roots happy as well!
If there are long periods without rainfall during the season, add watering cans into your garden routine for best results.
#4 Pick the Right Variety
If you’re new to planting blueberries, it might be a little confusing which type of plant is best for your climate. There are three types:
- highbush (which needs lots of space and thrives in humid climates)
- lowbush (which grows well in more temperate areas)
- rabbiteyes (which tend to have larger berries)
If you’re still unsure about what variety will work best for you or if there’s not enough information available, contact a local nursery or garden store with questions!
#5 Be Gentle
Blueberries are a delicate plant and often don’t do well when they are transplanted, so start by tilling the soil (you’ll want at least six inches deep) before digging up small plants from nearby nurseries.
Try not to handle these seedlings too much while taking care of them as their roots could get damaged during transport.
Remember that once planted into your garden, blueberries need plenty of space for growth which means no other crops should be grown near them or they might get crowded.
And there you have it, with these five secrets, you’ll be growing all the delicious blueberries you can eat.