Blueberries are one of the healthiest berries. Blueberry juice is recommended for those who have low levels of iron in the blood, for immunity in children and adults.
But everyone agrees, it’s a bit too expensive for our standard. However, if you live in a house, if you have your own piece of land, or in the worst case, even on your balcony, you can grow blueberries!
Blueberry is a multi-year shrub with a different height, depending on the subspecies (European is 25 to 40 cm high, while the American is from 70 to 120 cm).
In Europe, on the high mountain peaks, the European blueberry grows naturally. The root system is shallow and extends to a depth of 15 to 60 cm. Flowers are relatively late (in our conditions in May), which avoids spring frosts.
The fruits, depending on the variety, ripen from the third decade of June to the end of July. They are rich in vitamins, anthocyanins, sugars, and the like. Due to these characteristics of the fruit, it is used in fresh condition and for different treatments.
Blueberry has specific requirements for soil and climate. It functions on rich soils with humus content of more than 3%, deep to 50 cm, loose and acidic (Ph 4.3 to 4.8).
For successful breeding, blueberries require high relative humidity of the soil, air and precipitation of about 800 mm. In terms of temperature, especially in low temperatures, it is quite resistant and can withstand up to -25 ° C.
Here’s how to Grow An Unlimited Amount of Blueberries in Your Backyard
Choose a place in your garden, which is sunny, blueberries require lots of sunshine.
If you decide to plant it in a pot, the width of the bottom of the flowerpot should be at least 20 centimeters.
Put about 10 centimeters of water per week in the seedlings.
To protect them from birds and insects, place bamboo or net around the seedlings.
According to scientists, a blueberry seedlings can yield fruit, even up to 20 years. For this purpose, regularly weave and maintain the seedlings.
Blueberries blossom slightly later in late May and therefore do not suffer from spring frost. The fruits are harvested most often in July.
At first, their color will become blue but do not collect them immediately, but leave them for a few more days. A sign that can be harvested is when you touch them, and they fall into your hands.