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Information About Blueberries


Spots On Blueberry Leaves – What Causes Blueberry Leaf Spot

By Teo Spengler

Blueberry shrubs are supposed to have shiny green leaves. But, occasionally, you?ll see that those blueberry leaves have dark spots on them. Leaf spots on blueberries tell you something you may not want to hear: there is something amiss with your plant. Learn more here.

Blueberry Stem Blight Info – Managing Stem Blight On A Blueberry Bush

By Amy Grant

Stem blight on blueberries is a significant disease that is most prevalent in the southeastern United States. The following blueberry stem blight info contains facts about symptoms, transmittance, and treating blueberry stem blight in the garden. Click here to learn more.

Blueberry Stem Blight Info: Treating Blueberries With Stem Blight Disease

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Blueberries with stem blight experience cane death. The disease has very obvious symptoms for which to watch. Failure to start blueberry stem blight treatment in a timely manner could mean more than the loss of the sweet berries. Learn more in this article.

Septoria Leaf Spot Control: Treating Blueberries With Septoria Leaf Spot

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Although septoria leaf spot of blueberries isn't always fatal, it can weaken plants so severely that they are unable to bear fruit. You probably won't be able to completely eradicate the disease, but control is possible if you catch it early enough. Learn more here.

Blueberry Leaf Spot Treatment: Learn About Types Of Blueberry Leaf Spot

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Spotting on leaves may mean more than a cosmetic problem. There are several types of blueberry leaf spot, most of which are caused by different fungi, which can seriously affect the crop. Click this article for additional information.

Reasons For Blueberry Chlorosis – Tips On Blueberry Chlorosis Treatment

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Chlorosis in blueberry plants occurs when a lack of iron prevents the leaves from producing chlorophyll. This nutritional deficiency is often the cause for yellow or discolored blueberry leaves. Click here to learn what you can do about chlorosis in blueberry plants.

Propagating Blueberries – How To Propagate Blueberry Bushes

By Liz Baessler

As long as you have acidic soil, blueberry bushes are a real asset to the garden. Even if you don?t, you can grow them well in containers. Learn more about how to propagate blueberry bushes in this article so you can enjoy their tasty fruit.

Bilberry Plant Information: Learn About Bilberry Cultivation And Care

By Teo Spengler

No, bilberry is not a character in Lord of the Rings. So what is a bilberry? It's a native shrub that produces round blue berries that look like blueberries. However, wild bilberries have far more nutrients than cultivated blueberries. Learn more in this article.

Blueberry Bud Mite Damage – How To Control Blueberry Bud Mites

By Amy Grant

While it's more than worth it to grow your own, cultivating blueberries is not without its share of pitfalls. Amongst the disasters that might befall your plants is blueberry bud mite. What are blueberry bud mites and how can you control them? Find out here.

What Are Pink Blueberries: Learn About Pink Blueberry Plants

By Teo Spengler

If pink blueberry bushes seem to you like something out of a Dr. Seuss book, you aren't alone. "Pink Lemonade" might be the cultivar to change all that. Click this article for information on growing pink lemonade blueberries.

Blueberry Harvesting Season: Tips On Harvesting Blueberries

By Amy Grant

Blueberries are ranked number one in terms of their antioxidant benefits. Whether you grow your own or go to a U-Pick, the questions remain: when is blueberry harvesting season and how to harvest the blueberries? Find out in this article.

My Blueberries Are Sour: How To Sweeten Sour Blueberries

By Teo Spengler

When you pop fresh-picked blueberries into your mouth expecting sweet, delicious fruit, then sour blueberry fruit is a great disappointment. Read this article to learn why blueberries are sour and what to do with sour blueberries.

Blueberry Winter Damage: Care Of Blueberries In Winter

By Amy Grant

Blueberry plant growth slows as dormancy develops and cold hardiness increases. In some instances, dormancy has not been established so protecting blueberries to mitigate any blueberry winter damage may become of primary importance. This article will help.

Blueberry Seed Planting: Tips For Growing Blueberry Seed

By Amy Grant

Most home growers purchase cuttings, but did you know that blueberry seed planting will result in a plant as well? It?s true, though it will take longer to produce. Read this article for tips on growing blueberry plants from seed.

Growing Blueberry Bushes In The Home Garden

By Heather Rhoades

Many gardeners are wondering about growing blueberry bushes in their garden. Planting blueberry bushes in your garden is possible with a little preparation. Read this article to learn more.


How to Grow Blueberry Plants

Enjoy the four-season taste and beauty of a blueberry plant: Spring’s flowers Summer’s fruit Fall’s foliage and Winter’s colorful branching. A plant for every season!

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Above: Not a species, but a hybrid, southern highbush shrubs are a boon to gardeners in regions with shorter winters, hotter summers, and less rainfall.

A cross between northern highbush and heat-tolerant blueberries native to the South, these relatively new hybrids are bred for more resilience and less fuss the result is a plant that does not require a seriously cold winter to produce fruit. It also tolerates periods of heat and water stress better than its northern cousins. New cultivars are arriving at nurseries as this blueberry becomes popular. Plant more than one cultivar for best fruit production (southern highbush can cross-pollinate with northern highbush too). These hybrids are hardy from zones 7 to 10.


Patriot

These low growing varieties are descended from V. angustifolium and are often simply superior cultivars of wild plants. The berries tend to be small but full of flavor. They need a long winter chill period and acidic soil to do well.

Basics

Blueberries are generally quite hardy. In fact, this variety requires over 1,000 "chill hours" to fruit properly the following season.

Blueberries grow in acidic, well drained soil. However, for soils without proper drainage, this variety is your best bet.

Plant your blueberries outdoors anytime the ground is not frozen (above 32˚ F)

Blueberries prefer full sun, but will tolerate light shade (they may be less productive in shade but will still produce some fruit).

In very hot climates they may benefit from light shade.

Blueberries require constant moisture for maximum productivity. They are actually quite drought tolerant, though in dry situations they will produce less and grow more slowly.

Blueberries are adapted to grow on acidic soils that are fairly poor and they don't need a lot of NPK nutrients. However, they will often be more productive if fed occasionally.

Patriot blueberries are shorter than most Highbush varieties, and are well-suited for growing in a container. Select one that is wide, so the plant has room to spread out. You may still want to provide support for the bush.

Tricia shows you how to plant and grow delicious, nutritious blueberries in containers and in the garden. Tips on soil, fertilizing, and pruning.

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