Tuesday, September 13
Growing Blueberry in Your Garden can be Truly Rewarding
What can be more rewarding than using your own garden grown blueberries in the kitchen? Blueberry plant produces delicious fruits in the form of berries that are used widely in making jams, jellies, syrups, cakes, etc.
Blueberry is a flowering plant which is perennial in nature and produces small dark- blue berries. There are many varieties of blueberries available in the market for home gardens and commercial purposes. They are majorly categorized into highbush plants and lowbush plants. You can choose from the many varieties depending upon the soil and climate of the area.
Growing blueberries can be a little challenging as they have specific requirements for healthy growth. They require acidic and well- drained soil along with a sunny location. Soil that is rich in organic matter is best suited for blueberry plants. Avoid planting blueberries near bigger trees that can overshadow the plant and block sunlight.
Plant the small blueberry plants in late April or early May. The shrub should be planted in a hole that is big enough to accommodate all the roots. Blueberries can last for many years so it is advisable to take care of the plant and maintain it well so that it yields maximum fruit. During the first few years you will have to remove the blossoms so that the growth is encouraged. This is essential to make the plant strong and prepare it for coming years. Removing the flowers will make the roots and stems stronger. You might have to use fertilizers in case if the plant is not growing properly. The color of foliage can also indicate that the plant needs additional fertilizers for proper growth.
Take care of plants and cover them with net when fruits start to appear as birds and pests can damage the fruits. Harvest time will be truly rewarding for you when you will pick baskets full of fresh blueberries from your home garden.