Growing Blueberries in your backyard is an elementary task for all home gardeners.
If you are looking forward for some valuable small fruits for cocktails; deserts; jams and salads making; you can consider blueberries.
Planting blueberries Bosbes Vaccinlum corymbosum, ´Goldtraube´ is supper easy. If the basic requirement is met, you can leave the rest to the nature.
Soil: clayey loam
Water: natural rain water fall from the sky
Location: a wind protected place in full sun or partial shadow. The best at the South side of your garden edge (picture 22)
Space: a little raised bed
Early spring to early Autumn
In early summer
During mid-summer to late summer
(pick it as and when it is ripe)
Can be kept in the freezer for a long time
Growing Blueberries Benefits:
*Blueberry is one of the Antioxidant source
*The plant can bear fruits in the first year and the harvest increases every year.
Never prune the main shoot!
How to Prepare a Newly bought Blueberry Plant for the first year?
You can buy the plant in the early summer to watch its first half growing behaviour; so that; you are well prepared to advance your experience in the following year; if you are a first timer.
1. Wash and clean every portion of the plant; including the container and soil; to remove dead leaves and unwanted pests; before you move it into your garden
2. Tie the plant loosely to some stakes; to provide support. Do not remove the pot.
3. Place in a greenhouse or a wind protected area for about 3 months; to get ready for the Autumn transplant (picture 3).
4. Supply plenty of moist and sunshine everyday (picture 4).
5. Transfer to a permanent garden bed in the early autumn (picture 5).
6. Secure the main shoot to the trellis; for the winter season.
What is Happening?
The leaves will change from soft pink (picture 6) to deep red colour (picture 7); when they met the ice cold wind; low temperature; and the continuous rain falls. Soon, all leaves will be disappearing (picture 8).
During the last few days of the winter season;
some reddish tops will appear on the old shoots (picture 21).
The lime green tender small leaves will be shown
and slowly expanding in the first week (picture 9&22).
Growing Blueberries Flowers
Follow by the fruiting buds; and soon you will see some complete clusters of mini and young greenish flower buds; showing between leaves (picture 11).
In one week time you will see the flower buds were expanded; and they are ready to bloom (picture 12).
Thereafter, you will see the buds would be turning into cream and greenish blue colours (picture 23).
In 18 days, you will see some soft looking beautiful lanterns a-like blossoms; with some greenish blue caps appearing one by one.
When the flowers are gone (picture 13); the pale pink coloured of fruits will appear (picture 14). Thereafter, the fruits would go into deep blue (picture 24).
*Non-ripen and weak berries may drop in the first year (picture 16); just like the rest of the fruits bearing plants or trees.
*A new shoot (sucker) may be grown beside the main shoot (picture 15); during the same season. If you allow it; the size of the plant will be enlarging; and a blueberry bush may soon be born.
*In one to two days time; the berry will be covered with a layer of natural wax (picture 17); and soon you will be harvesting some everyday.
*When the temperature is going down; the leaves would turn red; and the cycle repeats.
You can prune the sucker away; or make a new plant; if you wish to keep it small. However, the fruits will be more if you let it expand.
In 2015 (third year) the plant was in a resting mode; not much berries were grown. It was due to the sucker was not allow to continue.
This year (2016) the plant is thriving again. All fruits (above picture 29) are gathered at the main stem.
How about growing blueberries shrubs into an organic garden hedge?