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How to grow blueberries

Blueberries are not only delicious and highly nutritious, they’re also attractive shrubs in their own right, with pretty white flowers in spring and lovely leaf colour in autumn.

Blueberry bushes are easy to grow, and don’t need much attention. The main thing to remember is that they need to be grown in acidic soil and ideally, watered with rainwater. If you don’t have acidic soil in your garden, blueberries grow very well in pots.

Blueberries are ideal for smaller gardens, as they reach just over one metre in height and remain fairly compact. It’s best to grow at least two blueberry varieties close to each other for the best crop. This means you can extend the cropping season, too – some varieties fruit in July, others in August.

How to grow blueberries

Blueberries need an acidic soil and a sunny spot to thrive. Plant them in the ground if your garden has acidic soil, or in pots of peat-free ericaceous compost if you don’t. While many blueberry varieties are self-fertile and a solo plant will generally fruit, if you grow two or more, they tend to produce higher yields and bigger fruit. Like all acid-loving plants, blueberries are best watered with rainwater. Feed weekly during the growing season with a liquid feed designed for acid-loving plants.

Where to plant blueberries

The key to growing blueberry plants successfully is getting the soil conditions right. They need acidic soil, with a pH of between 4 and 5.5, and the texture should be light and free-draining.

If you don’t have acidic soil in your garden, you can grow blueberries in pots of peat-free ericaceous (acidic) compost.

Blueberries will fruit in partial shade but for the best crops, grow in a sunny position.

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