How To Grow Blueberries

by Jennifer Smith August 07, 2017

As with any fruit growing opportunity, growing blueberry plants is a art that only the most diligent farmer can handle.

How to Plant Blueberries

Blueberries are relatives to the azalea and the rhododendron plants and are grown on bushes planted in long rows. They thrive in acidic soil at a PH level of 4-5. The more organic matter the blueberry bushes have, the more likely they are to grow in the acidic soil. It's suggested that orchard growers mix the organic matter before planting the blueberry bush into the ground. Do not add fertilizer right away, instead fertilize the ground one month after planting the bush. Once this is done, a hole should be dug about 20 inches deep for the growing process to begin.

Bushes should be planted in early spring for summer consumption.

Orchard Management: Protect blueberry crops

Peak blueberry season runs from June to August; and birds and wildlife like to feast on blueberries just as much as we do. This summer, fruit growers will need to keep a lookout for robins, bluejays and other types of birds that are looking to make your blueberry bush their next meal.

dee-8050-65673.1327604302.1280.1280.jpgThe most effective way to protect berries in orchards is by draping blueberry bushes with bird netting. Bird nets from DeerbustersCanada are easy to use and are lightweight for the homeowner to do without added hands. They are made from a polypropylene material that is loose fitting to easily drape over plants. Not only are these garden nets good for bird control; but they will also prevent deer from causing damage to the fruit bush, as well.

While bird control is necessary, fruit growers also need to worry about whitetail deer and other rodents invading the blueberry farm. Building a deer fence will deter deer from crossing over to the other side to indulge on the shrubs.

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Jennifer Smith
Jennifer Smith