Growing Blueberries at the Allotment

Growing Blueberries at the Allotment

Blueberry plants are a stunning addition to a plot or garden with his white, bell-shaped flowers in spring and blue fruits in summer. In autumn, the leaves turn yellow, red and purple. 

Blueberries thrive in the sunshine in well-drained, yet moisture retentive soil and it is important that it has acidic soil. If your soil is not acidic, dig in plenty of organic matter, such as leaf mould, pine needles, conifer bark and other acidic organic waste.

It is best to plant bareroot, dormant plants during winter to early spring. Container grown plants can be grown at any time. The blueberry plant should not be allowed to completely dry out or become water-logged either. Mulch around the base to retain moisture and supress the weeds. Water in well when you are planting into a hole deep enough for the root ball but wider for the roots to spread out.

Sometimes Blueberries can be affected by the colder weather and wet weather and may require protection, dependent on the variety and your location. You will also need to protect your Blueberry plants in a fruit cage or netting to stop the birds eating the fruits.

Pruning is not necessary, other than to remove dead or damaged shoots and stems.

You can begin to harvest Blueberries in the summer, this will be staggered over several weeks as they will not all be ready at once. The formed fruits turn from green to blue.

Blueberries can be eaten fresh and raw or cooked in desserts and preserves.

 

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Growing Blueberries in Summary

Planting Blueberries

  • Plant dormant bareroot plants during winter-early spring
  • Plant container grown plants any time
  • Plant in acidic soil or add acidic matter

Growing Blueberries

  • Protect from wet, cold and birds
  • Mulch and water during dry spells
  • Prune minimally to remove damage

Harvesting Blueberries

  • Harvest from mid summer
  • Harvesting is staggered over summer
  • Berries will turn from green to blue when ripened