Who Else Wants to Grow Blueberries At Home?

Growing Blueberries At Home

Okay, I must admit -- I am a bit of a blueberry junkie and I do get tired of paying $3 or $4 a pint (and $5 if I want organic). What's the solution? Growing blueberries at home of course! If you love blueberries as much as I do and you've been afraid to take a stab at growing them yourself, this article has some tips that will put you on the path to making your blueberry efforts successful.

What You Need

If you want to grow blueberries at home, you're going to be pleased to know that you won't need too much space. In fact, blueberries don't really require that much space at all. However, you are going to need to make sure the soil is acidic. Blueberries do require highly-acidic soil. If your soil is not acidic, you can lower the PH levels and increase acidity by using sulfur. Use 1.2 ounces of ground rock sulfur for every square yard of soil to reduce PH levels by 1 point.

You're also going to need blueberry plants. Either go to a garden center or order blueberry plants online. You're going to want plants that are at least a few years old since blueberry plants really don't produce blueberries until their third season and they don't become fully productive until their sixth. It may be hard to find a six-year-old blueberry plant, but a three-year plant should do.

Watering and Pruning Your Plants

Once you have your blueberry plants planted, you're going to want to make sure you water them regularly. Blueberries are very sensitive when it comes to water and they're going to need at least one to two inches of water each and every week.

Pruning won't be necessary for blueberry plants that are three years old or less. Once your blueberry plants reach three years old, however, you'll want to begin proper pruning to ensure a bountiful blueberry harvest.

While it may seem like blueberry plants are high maintenance, they are also very rewarding. Don't let the work involved scare you off. Try your hand at growing blueberries at home and you may be surprised at just how well you do.

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