How To Care For Blueberry Bushes | Kia Gardening Ideas

How to Prune a Blueberry Bush Video Thompson & Morgan

Blueberry bushes are enjoying a little renaissance in home gardening. You can readily find them in garden centers and with so many varieties these days, the probability of finding one that grows in your climate is pretty good.

Water blueberry bushes whenever the top of the potting mixture feels slightly dry. Provide enough water to keep the soil lightly and evenly moist but never soggy, as blueberries don't like wet feet.

Site Selection for Blueberry Bushes. Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade. Soil: Moist, acidic, organic, well drained soil. Highbush blueberries require a soil pH of 4.0-5.2. If you do not have acidic soil, it can easily be changed by working with a local lawn and garden supply store to help lower your soil's pH.

If blueberry bushes are not pruned back every year, they can overproduce in one year. That can lead to the bushes only producing fruit every other year. You also prune to keep the bush under control, as you don't want it to be too tall. If it's too tall, it will be difficult to harvest the blueberries.

Blueberry bushes have thin, shallow roots. They don't produce any root hairs, so changes in ground moisture influences their growth. For this reason, it's vital to water your blueberries regularly. Water the bushes during the day, keeping the soil moist but not saturated.

How to Care for Blueberry Bushes Mulch to keep shallow blueberry root systems moist, which is essential. Blueberries need 1 to 2 inches of water per week. Warning: Blueberries are a favorite snack of hungry birds, so it's recommended One year after planting, apply 1 ounce of 10-10-10