Blueberries…more than an edible delight!

Why Grow Blueberries?         

Everyone knows that blueberries are not only delicious, but they have several health benefits, too. But, did you know they are also beautiful in the landscape?

Blueberries have gorgeous white blooms in the spring, which are pollinated and turn to into vibrant blue-purple berries. Besides the gorgeous fruit, they have amazing fall color, too! Whether you have a lot of space or just a little, there is a blueberry plant for you.

Blueberries may be beautiful, but how can I grow them?

Step 1 – Pick your location

Blueberries require a lot of sun to fully reap all of the benefits of the plant. Choose a spot that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight that has well drained soil. Blueberries do not like to stay too wet, so amend the soil with compost if you have clay soil.

Step 2 – Amend your soil

Blueberries require a soil pH of 4.0 to 5.5. While some may have soil that is more acidic, the majority of the soil in our area is closer to neutral at 7.0. If you are unsure, you can use a pH meter or take a soil sample and send to the extension office. We offer Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Soil that can be worked into your current soil or the pH can be lowered using sphagnum peat moss or sulfur.

Step 3 – Plant your blueberries & enjoy!

Blueberries should be planted in 2’s or 3’s in order to get fruit. Use them as a grouping of shrubs or plant on the edge of your garden. They truly are beautiful plants that could be part of an edible landscape! For more questions, feel free to visit us in Marion!

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