Blueberry Tree

Tips On Keeping A Blueberry Tree

People who love blueberries would benefit by keeping their own blueberry tree. Blueberries are not only delicious fruit by they are also high in vitamins minerals and they are known for being antioxidants. But in most grocery stores, blueberries are also very expensive. By keeping your own blueberry tree, you can have your own harvest of this remarkable fruit and it will attract birds and insects to your yard, so that they can enjoy the berries too.

The first rule in growing a healthy blueberry tree is to grow more than one. It is recommended that you grow two or more of these plants for pollination. The more plants you grow, the more berries are produced. But for the first three years of growth, do not expect an overabundance of berries. Most of the water and nutrients goes to growing branches and leaves. It also goes to producing tiny blooms that appear before the actual fruit. These blooms are seen in late spring to early summer and they are tiny bell shaped flowers that are white, pink or red. These flowers are the beginning of the blueberries and they will appear 60 days later.

There are two types of the blueberry tree. There is a low bush type that produces tiny berries and this type is usually a wild plant. There is also a high bush variety and commercial blueberry producers use this type of bush. The high bush produces larger blueberries and more of them. It is also a bigger sized tree, so you will need to prune it occasionally to allow new blooms to form. Remember when you are purchasing your blueberry tree, to specifically ask for a high bush variety.

The blueberry tree is very hardy and can be grown in many climates. It can easily handle temperatures that go below 32 degrees for a long period of time but it does have limits. It can be damaged in temperatures that go below 15 degrees. If this happens you will have to protect the plant by surrounding it with hay or dead leaves or covering it with a tarp until the temperatures return to normal.

This plant does the best when it is placed in a mix of shade and sun. Since it is cold weather friendly, the hot direct sunlight can scorch the leaves and blooms. Most of the biggest varieties of the blueberry tree only reach 10 feet in height, so you can benefit the plant by placing it under a larger tree for shading.  A simple 3 to 4 hours of sunlight is all this plant needs to produce many blooms and fruit.

You can also help with fruit production by using a fertilizer specifically made for fruit producing trees. This plant enjoys mildly acidic to neutral soil, so purchase a fertilizer that adds these nutrients and you will see a difference at harvest time.

The blueberry tree does not have any specific water requirements. It has a strong root system and while it is growing you should water it twice a week, until it fully matures. Younger plants need extra water when they are growing but as soon as the plant ages, you can cut back down to watering the plant once a week.

Most tree dwelling animals love blueberries too and they can take a bite out of your harvest if you aren’t paying attention. It may be a good idea to keep an eye on the plant as soon as the blooms start to form. Look out for those berries and quickly pick them as soon as they are ripe enough. However, if the plants are healthy and you have planted enough for pollination, there should be enough delicious blueberries to go around.



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