All About Growing Blueberries

Growing blueberries isn’t as difficult as you might think. Read how to grow blueberry bushes suited to your climate and how to properly prepare your soil’s pH to harvest homegrown, antioxidant-rich berries all summer long.

| April/May 2012

  • All About Blueberries Illustration
    Start growing blueberries and you'll be rewarded with delicious, healthy berries, as well as stunning red and orange fall foliage.
    ILLUSTRATION: KEITH WARD
  • Blueberry Pie Illustration
    All types of blueberries make an excellent pie, full of antioxidants and brimming with flavor.
    KEITH WARD

  • All About Blueberries Illustration
  • Blueberry Pie Illustration

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Long-lived and dependable, blueberries are among the easiest fruits to grow organically. Different species are native to various regions of North America, but you can grow some type of blueberry bush almost anywhere. The limiting factor is soil acidity: Except for saskatoons, blueberries require acidic soil with a pH below 5.0. Blueberries can also be grown in containers filled with an acidic, bark-based planting mix.

Types of Blueberries to Try

Lowbush blueberries are native to colder parts of North America. The compact bushes can be grown as an edible hedge or ground cover, even in partial shade, and they bear delicious berries that hold on the plants for a long time.

Northern highbush blueberries grow wild in the Eastern mountains of the United States. Cultivated strains grow into 6-foot-tall bushes that bear for many years, with bright red or orange fall foliage.



Southern highbush blueberries are low-chill versions of northern highbush blueberries, making them a good choice in Zones 7 to 10.

Rabbiteye blueberries are descended from Southeastern native plants. Tolerant of heat and humidity, rabbiteyes are the best to grow where winters are mild.

jayant.atreta
7/4/2017 1:23:01 AM

I want to grow blueberries in shimla ,india in the northan region I am an apple farmer .can u plz suggest blueberries variety and help us in growing and providing nurseries thank u so much


Keo
10/31/2015 9:00:58 AM

In Botswana I would like to try planting blue berries. Which type is most suitable? Our climate is dry and hot with mild winters.


tammyg
4/6/2015 11:45:11 AM

Lots of blooms/3yr old patio plant..but none of the blooms appear to have fruit starts ??? HELP!!Lel






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