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Growing Blueberries

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Use blueberry plants in your edible landscape.

In addition to producing delicious healthy fruit, blueberries make an attractive landscaping plant. The bushy plants have pretty white flowers in spring and red autumn foliage.


In addition to producing delicious healthy fruit, blueberries make an attractive landscaping plant. The bushy plants have pretty white flowers in spring and red autumn foliage.

There are several varieties of blueberries suited for different climates, making these berries possible to grow anywhere. Lowbush varieties grow close to the ground and are commonly seen in New England. Highbush varieties grow 4 to 6 feet tall, making them excellent for landscaping. Northern highbush blueberries do best in zones 4 to 7, and Rabbiteye varieties do best in the warm climates of zones 7 to 9.

Blueberry plants prefer an acidic soil, with a pH level between 5.0 and 5.5. Plant nursery stock in spring, ensuring that roots are set no deeper than about 1/2 inch below the soil level. Apply a 4-inch layer of mulch around the plants. Pick blueberries a day or two after they turn blue.

Prune blueberry plants when they are dormant by thinning out old branches. cut lowbush blueberry varieties back 2 inches every few years.
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