GardenMandy’s Guide To Growing Big BlueberriesEmail this post to a friend.
In many areas, they’re a great summer staple and children especially like to eat large quantities of them. They’re also very popular in muffins, pies and pancakes. People find all sorts of other uses for them. If you don’t want to buy yours at the store you can grow your own, but you’ll need to make sure you know how to do it.
The first thing you’ll want to do is go to a nursery in the springtime and get some young starter seedlings that are healthy. When you bring them home, plant them in an area that gets full sun, and make sure your soil pH is between 4.0 and 4.5. If you have a poor or rocky soil, so much the better – blueberries like that.
Blueberry bushes should be five to six feet apart, and any rows of them should be eight to ten feet apart.
They can handle some crowding as they get bigger, but they need a lot of organic matter, moist soil, and a lot of mulch around them to keep the weeds down.
The first few weeks after planting are critical and the bushes should be watered well during that time to make sure that they get established. It takes three years for a new bush to produce fruit, so be patient.
Take good care of your bushes by fertilizing and pruning them, and you – and any nearby birds! – can enjoy blueberries for years to come.