Blueberries are recognized as one of the best nutritional fruits you can eat so why not grow them in your garden? With their antioxidant properties blueberries are the true superfood with claims that eating them can reduce the effects of glaucoma and improve memory. I came across these ten tips for growing blueberries in an article by Helen from the Top Inspired website.
This summer enjoy the taste of delicious, home grown blueberries directly form your backyard. They are?the biggest nutritional powerhouses that you can eat comes in a very small package. Blueberries are?filled with more cancer-fighting, anti-aging, eyesight-saving and disease-fighting antioxidants than foods like spinach and salmon. They?have been shown?to reduce the effects of glaucoma and improve?memory according to reports by the USDA. It is obvious that blueberries are a true superfood and that the benefits of consuming them are numerous.
Another great thing about them is that they are easy to grow in your home garden. Luckily for us there are varieties today that will thrive perfectly in your backyard or even in containers on your balcony. And blueberry bushes are so pretty that they will be not only a healthy addition to your garden, but?a good looking one too.
In order to grow healthy, tasty blueberry bushes in your garden you will need some pre-knowledge and we are here to help you gather all the information. Read these 10 tips for growing blueberries and enjoy the benefits (and flavor) of this superfood.
1. Choose the right variety
There are three main types of blueberries: high-bush, rabbit-eye, and southern high-bush. But there are also dwarf varieties which are suitable for growing in containers. The high-bush variety is suitable for colder climates. If you choose this type of blueberries then we recommend?Earliblue?, ?Collins?; Mid: ?Blueray?, ?Bluecrop? which are early varieties and??Jersery?, ?Patriot? which are late varieties.?Rabbit-eye is?native to the southern U.S. ?Tifblue? is the most popular rabbit-eye variety but you can also consider early varieties like ?Climax??and??Woodard?, mid? ?Briteblue? and ?Southland? and late varieties such as ?Delite?. Southern high-bush is actually a mix of the two previously mentioned types and is?a good choice in Zones 7 to 10. There are early varieties of southern high-bush like ?Oneal??and??South-blue? and mid?like??Jubliee??and?Sunshine Blue?. As for the dwarf varieties that are great for containers you can choose between mid?varieties like??Dwarf North-blue? or late like? ?Dwarf Tophat?.
2. Plant them in late autumn?or?early spring
Plant blueberries in late autumn or early spring. Choose 2-3 years old nursery plants as they transplant well. Older plants may?suffer transplant shock. Another important thing is to choose healthy young plants form a trusted nursery as this is crucial for successful growth. Make sure you keep the roots moist between digging and planting.?Have in mind that?blueberries are only marginally self-fertile, so you?ll need to grow at least three plants of compatible varieties.
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