I was at my local home-and-garden store when I saw a deal I couldn’t possibly turn down– organic, heirloom blueberry bushes for just one dollar each! Although I’d had experience growing a few other fruit trees and bushes, I’d had no experience with planting organic blueberries. Fortunately, with a little help from my neighbor (an experienced gardener) and the label attached to the variety, I successfully planted a dozen organic blueberry bushes in my yard.
Here are some tips for planting your own organic blueberry bushes.
1. Plan ahead.
Know where you’re going to plant your organic blueberry bushes and how far apart you’re going to space them. Most varieties of blueberry require full sun, although others can tolerate shade to varying degrees. Select an area with adequate drainage and fertile, loamy soil for best results.
2. Purchase your organic blueberry bushes at the right time.
The best time of year to plant organic blueberries is spring, although people in warm climates can also plant them in early fall and late winter. I planted mine during an unseasonably warm November, and I live in Alabama. I don’t anticipate that this will be a problem, but it is best to choose springtime whenever possible.
3. Choose the right variety of organic blueberry.
To grow organic blueberry bushes, you’ll need to choose a variety that is hardy to your region and resistant to pests and wildlife. Ask an expert at your local nursery for guidelines. Note that blueberry bush varieties vary considerably in their height and total fruit output; choose one that meets your needs.
4. Plant your tree.
Dig a large hole to accommodate each blueberry bush. Make it twelve inches wider in diameter than the root ball of your new plant. Add a small amount of compost to the bottom, then position the small bush in the hole Fill the rest of the hole with topsoil, covering all but the very top of the root ball, and tamp the soil gently to eliminate air pockets.
5. Complete the final touches.
Add a small amount of organic mulch around the base of your new blueberry bushes. Water the plant thoroughly (but not excessively) a few times per day until the plant is well-established. After it makes itself at home, the blueberry bush will require little maintenance.
Ready to plant another? Space the bushes at least four to eight feet apart, depending on the mature size of your variety. Happy planting!