Growing Blueberries

 

Handful of blueberriesBlueberries are packed with vitamin C and and offer many health
benefits
. Growing blueberries is quite easy in the right conditions. If you’d like to grow your own blueberries, the first thing to do is stop by your local garden center to ask an expert about the best blueberry varieties for your region. When you’ve selected your blueberry plants, follow these steps to help ensure you have success growing blueberries, and have fun in the process!

Where to grow blueberries

When you’re ready to plant your blueberries, select a sunny location with well-drained soil that is weed-free and well-worked. 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. Raised beds or patio containers are good options for areas where the soil is not ideal. Visit our planting blueberries section for more tips on preparing soil for blueberries.

Spacing and planting blueberries

In most areas, it’s ideal to plant blueberries in the fall or spring. You can plant blueberry bushes as close as 2 or 2.5 feet apart to form solid hedgerows, or space them up to 6 feet apart so they grow individually. If you plant in rows, allow 8 to 10 feet between the rows. Visit our planting blueberries section for more tips on how to plant blueberry bushes.

Pruning blueberry bushes

It’s best to give your blueberry plants time to get established before you let them bear fruit. Remove
any plant blossoms the first year of growing blueberries in order to stimulate hardy new growth. In future years, it’s important that you prune your blueberry plants each year to keep them healthy.

Follow these tips for growing blueberries, and soon you’ll be enjoying the fruits of your labor. When the blueberries are ripe, they will roll right into your bowl or hand. Whether you eat your blueberries fresh, freeze them or use them in your favorite recipe, you’ll enjoy all the benefits of having fresh blueberries that you grew with your own two hands.

For additional guidance on planting and caring for blueberry plants in your home garden, contact your local county Cooperative Extension office.

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