Blueberries are delicious and extremely high in antioxidants which is why it is regarded as a super food. Plants are easy to grow provided you use an acidic or ‘ericaceous’ compost.
A 2012 study showed that just one serving of blueberries per week can help slow down cognitive decline. Another study in 2013 involving lab mice, showed that the berries cleared toxic proteins that accumulate in the brain.
Fresh blueberries are sometimes hard to find in supermarkets and can be expensive if you are buying them out of season.
This helpful guide will show you how to grow your own blueberries in just 6 easy steps.
1. Choose a nice planting spot and prepare your soil
You will need a sunny place with well drained, well worked and weed free soil. If you want to plant it in your own garden you will need available area of two and a half feet diameter and a foot deep for each plant.
Dig a hole on the area and remove a third of the soil and apply an even amount of remoistened peat moss and mix it well.
2. Space the bushes for optimal growth
For solid undergrowth the space between the blueberry bushes needs to be 2-2.5 feet, or 6 feet for individual blueberry bush. If you intend to make rows, the space between them needs to be 8-10 feet
The blueberry bushes are planting during spring or fall. In some parts of the world they can be planted in any time of the year.
If you bought containerized plants,gently pull out the bush from the contains, and then rough up the cortical layer of the roots.
Increase plant’s top topsoil for half an inch. Harden it well around the root ball, and at the end apply some soil up alongside the subjected root. At the end make sure you water it well.
The best wreathes for blueberry are sawdust, grass clippings, acid tripe and rind mulch.
You must prune the bushes regularly if you want to have strong and healthy plant.
Tips on pruning:
– Remove the low growths around the bush
– Clear the dead wood
– Cut off short and discolored branches
– Clear 1/3 of the wood of the bush
– Soil Fertilization
You should try blood meal and cottonseed for organic fertilization.