Blueberry Basics: Know What to Grow
We all strive to live a healthy life and that trend is making its way into the garden. Homegrown organic food doesn’t just taste good, but also packs a nutritional punch. It’s safe to say you’ll be anything but blue when growing blueberries.
Jams, muffins and smoothies are only a few steps away! And if those treats don’t inspire you, get this: When you eat antioxidant-packed blueberries, your brain gets a boost, your belly fat can be reduced and you may even prevent certain cancers.
Blueberries are simply the best. So grow the best blueberry varieties you can!
Answer a few quick questions below, and then skim our Blueberry Variety Guide to find the absolute best type for you.
Berry Basic: Questions to Ask Before Choosing Which Blueberry to Grow
Growing blueberries is easy as long as you pick the right berry variety for your yard. Set yourself up for a berry successful season by answering these common berry FAQs.
1. What type of blueberry works best in your area? There’s a type that works best for each USDA Gardening zone. Find yours using our chart below.
- Half-High – Zones 3-6
- Northern Highbush – Zones 4-7
- Southern Highbush – Zones 8-10
2. What’s the pH of your soil? Grab a soil test and discover the pH of your soil. To thrive, blueberries need a soil pH between 4-5.5. Lower your soil’s pH with Espoma’s Soil Acidifier. This organic alternative is much safer than Aluminum Sulfate. Also, plan to use an organic fertilizer for acidic plants, such as Holly-tone.
3. How many chill hours are in your area? Blueberries need a certain amount of time in dormancy, these are called chill hours. See how many chill hours are in your area and select a blueberry that matches.
4. When do you want your blueberries to ripen?
Early: Some blueberries ripen as early as May and are finished by the start of June.
Late: Other varieties of berries only ripen in mid-August and produce fruit through September.
5. What’s your ideal blueberry taste and look like?
Decide whether you want sweet or tart berries.
Then select the plumpness. Do you want teeny-tiny or super-sized blueberries?
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