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Planting blueberries - our tips

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If you wander through nature you can find blueberries here and there. But you don't have to go looking for it. You can also plant blueberries in your own garden.

You can also plant blueberries in a bucket

Those who like to eat blueberries (not just called blueberries) are not only eating low calories, they are also doing something for their health. Blueberries have many advantages. On the one hand, they reduce cell damage, on the other hand, they reduce the risk of developing cancer. But that's not all. Blueberries are also a miracle cure for the skin. They prevent premature skin aging and help against cellulite and acne. They also have an anti-inflammatory effect.

All in all, the little blue berry is a real miracle cure. And this is exactly what you can even grow yourself in the garden. Since it takes up little space, the blueberry is even suitable for small gardens. In addition, the blueberry is easy to care for. You only need to consider a few important points when growing.

This is the right location for blueberries

Blueberries like it warm. Accordingly, you should choose a sunny location, but it is protected from extreme weather and wind. There shouldn't be a constant wind at the location, otherwise the soil will dry out too quickly.

As far as the floor is concerned, it should be permeable. A mixture of garden soil, sand and compost is ideal. The soil must also be low in lime, because too much lime ensures that the roots can no longer absorb important nutrients. It is best to test the soil (instructions here) to see if the soil is suitable for blueberries.

You can also grow the blueberries in a pot. However, you must note that the pot must be quite large and has enough drainage holes to avoid waterlogging.

How to properly plant blueberries

It is best to plant blueberries in spring. To be exact, after the ice saints when no more frost is to be expected. Then you should dig out plant holes with a diameter of half a meter into which the blueberries will be inserted. Maintain a planting distance of one meter. If you would like to plant the blueberries in a bucket, this should have a diameter of approx. 50 centimeters. Plant the blueberries fairly flat and only loosely cover them with soil.

How to properly care for the blueberries

To water:

Blueberries need a lot of water. If they dry out only slightly, you will see this immediately on the leaves. These then dry out immediately. But the flowers and berries can also fall off. So you have to water the blueberries regularly so that the soil stays nice and moist. It is best to use only stale water, as normal tap water is often too hard. However, it is best if you use rainwater.

Fertilize:

If you want to do something good for your blueberry plants, you can provide them with fertilizer in the spring (around April). A special blueberry fertilizer (e.g. available here) is ideal. Alternatively, you can also use rhododendron fertilizers. When the next fertilization must take place depends on the fertilizer used. It is best to follow the manufacturer's instructions.

To cut:

You don't actually need to cut the blueberries. However, it makes sense to use the secateurs about every five years and cut old shoots close to the ground. This gives the young shoots more strength. However, do not be too radical when pruning, because the blueberry plant cannot stand this at all.

Wintering:

If winter is slowly approaching, you have to bring blueberries that you have planted in the bucket into the house. Choose a frost-free but not too warm room for the winter. You still have to water during the winter months, but not as much. Make sure that there is no waterlogging.

If you have planted your blueberries in the bed, it is recommended to cover the plants with straw, bark mulch, brushwood or a garden fleece. So they are well protected from the cold.

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