The sweet reward of picking a great tasting blueberry and popping it in your mouth are made even sweeter knowing you grew them yourself. Blueberries offer a range of health benefits. According to the US Highbush Blueberry Council, this tiny fruit contains vitamin C, fiber and antioxidant properties. There are a wide variety of blueberry cultivars within the highbush and lowbush classifications. The key to growing great tasting blueberries is providing them with optimal care and conditions.
Things You Will Need
Time and dedication
Suitable growing location
Educate yourself about the different types of blueberries to find the proper bush for your specific tastes and needs. To some, a great tasting blueberry may be slightly tart with a slight crunch, while others may find very sweet, juicy berries more appealing. Lowbush varieties of blueberries tend to be smaller and work well for producing jellies and jams. Highbush varieties work well for baking. Both types work well for eating right off the bush.
Plant your blueberry bushes in soil with a pH level in the 4.5 to 5.0 range. The plants are very sensitive to pH and may fail to thrive or survive when the range is off balance. Depending on the area you live, it may be better to grow your berries in pots due to unsuitable soil.
Water your blueberries each week with a minimum of 2 inches of water per bush. If you live in an area with lots of rain, monitor the amount you receive with a rain gauge and make up any difference.
Fertilize each bush with 4 ounces of ammonium sulfate after the plant is at least two years old.Growing great-tasting blueberries may take significant amount of time and effort, but the rewards make it worthwhile. If you have questions about the growing process, talk to the nursery or plant supplier where you purchased the blueberry bushes. These experts can give you tips and advice on how to grow blueberry bushes.
Tips & Warnings
Be patient. It can take up to three years before the plant begins to produce fruit.
Avoid sharing your great tasting berries with the birds. These winged creatures are the main threat in terms of pests. Build a frame to go around the bushes and cover it with netting to avoid this potential issue.