Hi I'm Tricia a California organic gardener. Blueberry muffins, blueberry pie, blueberry ice cream, blueberry pancakes, plain old blueberries if you like them you can grow them in containers or in the garden bed Ill show you how.
For a successful blueberry garden its important to choose the right variety the number of chill hours in your area will help you make a decision on what varieties to plant and you can contact your local ag department. To find out the chill hours in your area for example if you live in a cold area with a thousand chill hours or so get a northern high-bush type, for warmer climates go with lower chill hour southern high-bush get at least two varieties for optimum yields and pollination.
Growing delicious blueberries all starts with the soil, blueberries are an acid loving plant like azaleas and rhododendrons if your not sure of the acidity of your soil you can do simple ph test. Blueberries like it to be between four and five on the pH scale controlling the pH of your soil in containers is very easy and blueberries do really well growing in containers like these thirty gallon smart pots a great recipe for blueberry container mix is one part organic potting soil for nutrients and one part peat moss or coco peat for moisture retention and to help create that low pH were going to add a half a pound of this acid fertilizer to every cubic foot that we have of potting mix.
Now the fun part i get to plant my chandler blueberry make sure and plant the blueberry up to the same spot that it was planted before and then water I expect an abundant harvest of blueberries from these plants in the future but this year i'm going to pick off these little flowers so that i can encourage the root development but that's okay because i have established blueberries planted somewhere else and I'm going to show you how to care for those.
So here we are with some of my established blueberry plants and their just starting to flower and to keep them healthy and happy I'm going to do a few things Im going to make sure that there well mulched and watered. I'm going to fertilize them and I'm going to do some moderate pruning so I've buried emitter line all along the fence line here where the blueberries are planted. So i'm sure that the blueberries are getting adequate water they like about an inch of water per week I'm also going to make sure that theres no weed competition around the base of the blueberry plants now that I've cleared away all the weeds and competition I'm going to fertilize according to the instructions on the package and your going to want to fertilize early spring and late spring and then about half rate in fall just a little top dressing for each plant after fertilizing heavily mulch to keep the roots moist and cool.
So after top dressing if you don't expect any rain in the forecast be sure and water your plant you want to make sure and water the fertilizer into the soil and now I'm going to show you a few tips on how to do some pruning for the season be sure to prune off anything that was damaged during the winter be sure and clip off any dead twiggy or blotchy branches like these and trim off any low growing side shoots at the base. So you want to keep the nice bright green upright stalks and get rid of the dead or dying dried up branches.
Blueberries are also beautiful in the ornamental garden they have pretty white flowers in the spring and they have beautiful fall color in the fall so plant some blueberries and grow organic for life!