Apart from being a tasty berry, blueberries are packed full of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that make it a very useful fruit that can meet all your health needs. It is believed that blueberries can help prevent memory loss and several studies have shown that when you consume a single serving of this tasty fruit in a week, you can prevent a decline in your cognitive reasoning. A 2013 study on lab mice suggested that when you consume blueberries you can eliminate the toxic protein build-up in your brain and prevent degenerative disorders.
Growing blueberries in your home will give you the opportunity to always have the fruit to consume at your own discretion.
Here are six steps you should take to grow your own blueberries at home:
- Pick The Ideal Spot
You need to grow your blueberries in a well-drained place with lots of sunlight. Your blueberries need lots of moisture, so access to a water source is very important. To plant your blueberries, you need an area of 2 1/2 feet wide and 1 foot deep to plant each blueberry plant. You should dig up some of the soil and put some pre-moistened peat moss in it, mix this with the soil.
For raised beds, what you need to do is to mix both an equal quantity of rind and peat moss to the soil before planting the blueberry plant.
- Make Sure The Blueberry Plants Are Spaced Out
To ensure the optimal growth of your blueberries, space them out. The ideal measurement is;
- For rows space the blueberry bushes 8 to 10 feet apart.
- For a single blueberry bush space them 6 feet apart.
- Planting Your Blueberry
You should plant the blueberry bush in spring or in fall. However, in other regions of the world they may be planted all year round. If you had obtained the plant in a container, what you need to do, is to brush off the cortical region of blueberry plant.
Top up the blueberry plant’s topsoil with about one inch of soil and oat the soil hard to ensure that it firmly supports the plant. Water your blueberry plant afterwards.
- Mulching Is Crucial
Blueberries have shallow roots and so require wreathes.the ideal ones are acid tripe, rind mulch, sawdust and grass clippings.
To preserve the moisture in the soil, all you need is between 2 and 4 inches of your preferred wreathe. The wreathe will also stop the growth of weeds around your blueberry plant. You should do this frequently each year, however you should not use the sawdust or rind derived from a redwood or cedar tree.
- Pruning Is Great For Growing Large Fruit
If you want to stop the over-fruiting of your blueberries, as this can cause then to grow small fruits, what you need to do is to prune the plant on a regular interval.
Here are some tips you should adopt when pruning your blueberry plant.
- Take out dead wood.
- Make sure to clear out between a third and half of the wood of your blueberry plant.
- Any low growth at the bottom of the blueberry bush should be cleared out.
- Any discoloured and shirt branch should be cut off.
- Use Organic Fertilizers
Use cottonseed and blood meal organic fertilizers, they are better than manure as this has been proven to be harmful to your blueberry bush.