Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Blueberries the easiest to grow

Blueberries are one of the easiest and most rewarding small fruits to grow. If the soil pH can be adjusted so that it is low enough to support the acid soil requirement of blueberries, cultural practices should not be difficult.

Blueberries need a good drainage. Though they like a descent of water, they do not like to have their feet wet all the time.

If the soil is full of clay, add materials such as compost and sand to improve aeration and drainage.

A mature bush can give up to 20 Ibs. of fruit, so they are well worth growing even if the condition are less than ideal.

In addition to being a fruit plant, blueberries make an attractive landscape plant ether as single plant or planted in a hedge.

Blueberries fit into small spaces. The plants are attractive with pretty white flowers in spring and leaves that turn a vivid red in autumn.

The spring blossoms are very fragrant and the fall foliage is a beautiful red. The berries attract birds who come to feed on them.

It is much easier to cultivate blueberry s in areas of the country where they grow naturally. Any commercial production is usually restricted to these areas.

The fruit of many species of wild blueberry are harvested for local use, but those of three species – Vaccinium corymbosum Vaccinium ashei and Vaccinium angustifolium, are today sold in a large commercial scale.

Many blueberries grow in the wild. There are two major cultivated species of blueberries, the highbush and the rabbiteye.
Blueberries the easiest to grow

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