How to Grow Your Own Blueberries

Blueberries are known for their wide plethora of health benefits, but few people know that they can prevent memory loss as well.According to a 2012 study, eating at least one serving of blueberries weekly slows down cognitive decline by a couple of years.  One of the reasons for this could be the fact that berries protect the brain through clearing toxic proteins that accumulate in that area.

6 Easy Steps to Grow Blueberries

1. Choose a proper place and prep the soil

First and foremost, you need to choose a sunny place and adequate soil, which is well worked and weed free. Since blueberries need constant moisture, make sure you have water available at all times. In case you don’t have a garden, feel free to use patio container for you blueberries.But, if you are planting them in a garden, you need about 2.5 feet in diameter and 1 foot deep for each plant. Dig a hole, remove 1/3 of the soil and then add an even amount of pre-moistened peat moss.  In case you got raised beds, add even amounts of peat moss and rind, tripe, or planting mix.

2. Space the bushes for optimal growth

For optimal results, the space between the blueberry bushes should be 2-2.5 feet or 6 feet for individual blueberry bush. If you are planning on making rows, leave a space between 8 and 10 feet.

3. Planting

Although in some regions blueberry bushes can be planted in any time of the year, they are mostly being planted during spring or fall.If you got containerized plants, pull out the bush and then beat up the cortical layer of the roots. Increase the topsoil for an inch and then use a root ball to harden it well. Apply some soil around the root and water it well at the end.

4. Mulching

Grass clippings, acid tripe, sawdust, and rind mulch are the best wreaths for blueberry. It benefits a lot of wreaths due to its shallow roots.To preserve moisture, ensure organic matter and prevent the growth of weed, you will need as little as 2-4 inches of wreathe. Repeat this procedure annually and avoid using any kind or sawdust from a redwood tree or cedar.

5. Pruning

Pruning is very important when it comes to blueberry bushes as it helps avoid over-fruiting and risk of getting small fruits.Separate the flower blooms as soon as they start appearing and prune the bushes on a regular basis to ensure getting stronger and healthier plant.Tips on pruning:

  • Remove the low growths around the bottom of the bush
  • Clear any dead wood
  • Cut off short and discolored branches
  • Clear 1/3 – 1/2 of the wood of the bush

6. Soil fertilization

Of course, fertilization shouldn’t be neglected! Use blood meal or cottonseed, both of which are proven to be very effective.