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How to grow Blueberries

Planting Months

November - Janurary

Harvest Months

July - September
Blueberry bush with fruit

Planting guide

For a crop that will feed a family of four for the whole summer around 4-5 plants are needed. A plant a person is a general rule but its advisable to get an extra plant just incase one has trouble in the year. With this many plants you can have a long time of blueberries growing but also have a nice extra amount to freeze for the rest of the year. With our plants we have a large tub at the end of the season for the rest of the years.

These plants are usually brought as small bushes or small plants. You can grow these plants from seed, however, we recommend to buy a small bush and start from there. You will get a crop earlier and miss the early stages where the plant is vulnerable.

Growing tips

For growing tips, the following is recommended.

  • Growing your plants inside a fruit cage. Blueberries are a prime target for birds to eat and a fruit cage will protect them from the birds. This is a frame with loose netting. This will keep the birds from eating the blueberries.
  • Blueberries are fairly easy to look after they need to be kept moist and watered often. Blueberries like lots of water, so in the summer they need to be watered most days. Remember not to overwater.
  • Blueberries prefer acidic soil so test your soil and if the range is not 5.5 or lower add some sulphur chips to lower the ph. The soil can be tested with a soil testing kit found in lots of shops and also on amazon. Every few years it is adviseable to check the soil pH.
  • They can be grown well in containers, make sure they are an appropriate size of around 25-30" sides to 30" floor to top.
  • If growing in soil, they can grow fairly well in shaded areas or areas that don't get full sunlight. So they can be put in these darker areas to leave the sunnier areas for plants that like it better.

Pruning

Pruning only needs to happen after the plants are established, or after 2-3 years. Pruning tips are as follows;

  • The best time to prune is February to March. This is the time where you can see the difference between the fruiting branches and the growing branches.
  • Remove the dead and diseased branches. These will be around the bottom of the plant generally and need to be removed to promote healthy growth.
  • Remove a small amount of the oldest branches.

Harvesting

The best time to harvest is when the plants are looking a blueish purple. They will come straight off the plant. They fruit in bunches over time so over the fruiting season a few bunches a time will appear. They are best kept in a dry air tight container.

They last for the following times:

  • Counter-top : 2-3 Days
  • Fridge : 5-10 days
  • Freezer : 6-8 months

How to grow Blueberries

Blueberry bush with fruit

Planting Months

November - Janurary

Harvest Months

July - September

For a crop that will feed a family of four for the whole summer around 4-5 plants are needed. A plant a person is a general rule but its advisable to get an extra plant just incase one has trouble in the year. With this many plants you can have a long time of blueberries growing but also have a nice extra amount to freeze for the rest of the year. With our plants we have a large tub at the end of the season for the rest of the years.

These plants are usually brought as small bushes or small plants. You can grow these plants from seed, however, we recommend to buy a small bush and start from there. You will get a crop earlier and miss the early stages where the plant is vulnerable.

Growing tips

For growing tips, the following is recommended.

  • Growing your plants inside a fruit cage. Blueberries are a prime target for birds to eat and a fruit cage will protect them from the birds. This is a frame with loose netting. This will keep the birds from eating the blueberries.
  • Blueberries are fairly easy to look after they need to be kept moist and watered often. Blueberries like lots of water, so in the summer they need to be watered most days. Remember not to overwater.
  • Blueberries prefer acidic soil so test your soil and if the range is not 5.5 or lower add some sulphur chips to lower the ph. The soil can be tested with a soil testing kit found in lots of shops and also on amazon.Every few years it is adviseable to check the soil pH.
  • They can be grown well in containers, make sure they are an appropriate size of around 25-30" sides to 30" floor to top.
  • If growing in soil, they can grow fairly well in shaded areas or areas that don't get full sunlight. So they can be put in these darker areas to leave the sunnier areas for plants that like it better.

Pruning

Pruning only needs to happen after the plants are established, or after 2-3 years. Pruning tips are as follows;

  • The best time to prune is February to March. This is the time where you can see the difference between the fruiting branches and the growing branches.
  • Remove the dead and diseased branches. These will be around the bottom of the plant generally and need to be removed to promote healthy growth.
  • Remove a small amount of the oldest branches.

Harvesting

The best time to harvest is when the plants are looking a blueish purple. They will come straight off the plant. They fruit in bunches over time so over the fruiting season a few bunches a time will appear. They are best kept in a dry air tight container.

They last for the following times:

  • Counter-top : 2-3 Days
  • Fridge : 5-10 days
  • Freezer : 6-8 months