Blueberries are packed with nutrients, antioxidants, vitamin C and fiber. They are usually very convenient for pies, smoothies or just eating them as snacks. Moreover, blueberries are low in calories and manganese. These are small fruits, round 5-16 millimeters in diameter and have blue-purple color. The most common types of blueberries are:
- Highbush blueberries, usually grow in the US.
- Lowbush blueberries, these are considered wild and contain more antioxidants.
The good news is that you can grow blueberries at home and consume them anytime you feel the need.
Why to Grow Blueberries?
Blueberries are rich in many nutrients which provide numerous health benefits. They contain antioxidants and phytonutrients which are crucial for the body. Hence, having these things in mind, wouldn’t you want a perfectly ripened blueberry bush in or around your home?
Benefits of Blueberries
Blueberries are packed with nutrients which provide the following health benefits, such as:
- Improve memory and prevent memory loss
- Regulate the blood sugar levels
- Boost the cardiovascular health
- Protect from oxygen damage
- Prevent cancer
How to Grow and Care for Blueberries?
1. Choosing the Spot and Soil Right
You need a soil with high organic matter and pH levels in acidic ranges. This is because the necessary blueberry nutrients can get lost in the high pH soil. For this purpose, you will need to layer 4 inches of pre-moistened peat moss. This process will reduce the pH of the soil.
Choose a sunny place for growing the blueberries. Blueberries need at least 8 hours of direct sunlight. Moreover, provide enough space for the bush, around 2 and a half feet in diameter. Dig a hole, and take out about half of the soil. Add an equal amount of pre-moistened peat moss. Mix it well. Make sure you don’t use cedar and redwood rind.
2. Watering Blueberries
Blueberries require proper drainage. You should water them by hand and give enough water. This is important because they will be under direct sunlight and proper drainage is of crucial importance for their growth. However, it is important to note that you shouldn’t overwater it because it can prevent the nutrients and water absorption.
3. Feeding Blueberries
In order to support the growth of the plant, you should use fertilizer at the right time. However, using too much fertilizer can be harmful to the roots. Always water the bush before and after fertilizing. 6 weeks after blueberries begin to grow, you can use fertilizer. Use organic fertilizer as it can provide the necessary nutrients.
4. Pruning Blueberries
This process is very important because it will provide strength to the bush. Moreover, the fruits will be bigger and tastier. As soon as the brush starts growing, you should prune it on a regular basis. Therefore, clip off any flower that appears. Additionally, you should remove growths from the bottom of the bush, clear the dead woods, clear about half of the wood and trim discolored branches.