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How To Grow And Care For Blueberry Plants
Blueberries are the perfect fruit since you can eat them with every meal, and they’re packed with antioxidants and infused with prebiotics. Blueberry bushes can be planted in any weather conditions, and when they’re not in bloom, the bushes become a beautiful deep red.
The first step is learning when your variety will ripen, and if you pick an assortment, you’ll have blueberries from summer until winter sets in. If your soil turns out to have a neutral pH, you’ll want to add sulfur, and you should also make sure you’re in a damp, well-aerated soil.
Place the bush’s roots in their new home and add a generous amount of peat moss along with soil. Peat moss will help retain moisture, but it’s still important to make sure water gets about an inch or so in the ground all around the bush.
The most popular blueberry plant is the highbush, since it is less prone to disease, self-fertilizing, and can tolerate different climates, but the lowbush and rabbiteye are also quite popular, despite not being self-fertile. The lowbush thrives best in cold, nearly freezing temperatures, while the rabbiteye enjoys sweltering southern summers.
An adult blueberry plant can be planted in a container 24 and 30 inches in width and 24 inches deep, and you can plant smaller bushes and move them from pot to pot. Place the plant in a 50/50 mixture of wet peat moss and potting soil, water it generously again, remember to use acidic fertilizers in moist soil, and cover your blueberries with bird netting when they start to ripen.