Fall through early spring are ideal times to plant blueberries. Blueberries are one of the easiest fruits to grow and can easily be grown organically, making them the perfect pick for many Piedmont backyards.
Answer: Blueberry plants are self-fertile (each flower has the necessary male and female parts), however you still should buy more than one variety. That’s because a blueberry plant produces more berries and bigger berries when it cross pollinates with a different blueberry variety.
Once you have your location selected, make sure that the location will get full sun, at least ¾ of the day. Blueberries will tolerate partial shade, especially late in the day. Blueberries will grow in higher pH, but to achieve highest production, you will need to amend the soil around the plants.
Select a sunny location with well-drained soil for your blueberry bed. It’s best to grow blueberries in an area where water is readily available so you can keep their roots moist throughout the growing season.
If you plant 2-year-old blueberry bushes, they should start to bear within a year or two. (Pick off any flowers that form the first year or two after planting, to allow the bush to become established.) Be aware that full production is only reached after about 6 years (depending on variety).
Coffee grounds are highly acidic, they note, so they should be reserved for acid-loving plants like azaleas and blueberries. And if your soil is already high in nitrogen, the extra boost from coffee grounds could stunt the growth of fruits and flowers.
Plant blueberries near flowers like lilacs and azaleas. Lilacs attract pollinators and provide shade with its fragrant blossoms. Towering, lush rhododendrons and azaleas offer shade and attractive blossoms during particularly hot summers, and thrive best in the same hot, acidic environment as blueberries.
We recommend at least two (2) blueberry bushes per person, per household. For example, if you are a family of four people, we recommend at least ten (10) blueberry plants for a household of that size.
With proper care and in the right environment, blueberry bushes live 50 years or more.
Water blueberry plants during the day. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Give them at least 1″ per week during growing season and up to 4″ per week during fruit ripening. Too much water can lead to large, bland fruit.
Existing Blueberries – Lowering Blueberry Soil pH One method is to add sphagnum peat around the base of the blueberry plant about once a year. Used coffee grounds can also be used. Another method for lowering blueberry soil pH is to make sure you are fertilizing your blueberries with an acidic fertilizer.
Blueberries: Most blueberry bushes require full sun, but lowbush blueberries will tolerate partial shade.
Save your eggshells and turn them into a natural acidic fertilizer loved by Blueberries, Roses, Azaleas, and Hibiscus. Eggshells are almost 100% calcium carbonate, one of the main ingredients in agricultural lime, which increases the pH of acidic soil. Save your eggshells and allow them to dry.
Blueberries are acid lovers and will respond well to the addition of coffee grounds, wood ash, or Epsom salts. Watering the ground around the blueberries with a solution of one tablespoon of white vinegar to one gallon of water can also increase soil acidity.
Native to North America, blueberries grow well in acidic soil and in areas with at least 140 frost-free days per year. They’re also perfect for organic gardeners since they can easily be grown without pesticides. This reliable plant is super easy to grow and produces pounds and pounds of blueberries.