How to Grow Blueberries

Written by Linda Paquette

How to Grow Blueberries

Along with lip-smacking sweetness, flower and foliage are also worthy reasons to grow blueberries. White, bell-shaped blossoms make a lovely addition to a spring garden and fiery scarlet foliage adds drama to a fading autumn landscape. In addition to taste and appearance, blueberries are ripe with medical advantages; they help lower cholesterol and studies suggest that blueberries also reducerepparttar risk of some cancers.

Types of Blueberries

1.Highbush blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum) are those usually found inrepparttar 149022 produce department of your grocery. As you might expect, they are named becauserepparttar 149023 bushes grow to 6-feet in height. Fruits are large, from to an inch in diameter. Depending on variety, highbush blueberries are hardy from Zones 4 through 11. 2.Lowbush blueberries (Vaccinium angustifolium) generally reach no more than 18-inches in height. Propagated from shoots spread through underground runners, lowbush blueberries form low mats of plants that produce best on a two-year cycle. The first year isrepparttar 149024 growth year andrepparttar 149025 second year isrepparttar 149026 fruiting year. The sweet, quarter-inch fruits of lowbush blueberries commonly are known as Wild Blueberries and are hardy in Zones 3 through 6. 3.Half-high blueberries (V. corymbosum x V. angustifolium) are a hybrid between lowbush and highbush cultivars. Although shorter than high-bush blueberries, half-high grow in muchrepparttar 149027 same way as their taller relatives. Taste and size meet halfway between highbush and lowbush. An extra advantage forrepparttar 149028 northern grower is that half-high blueberries were especially bred to withstandrepparttar 149029 heavy snowfalls and cold winters of inland North America and are hardy to Zone 3. 4.Rabbiteye blueberries (Vaccinium ashei), native torepparttar 149030 Southeastern United States, arerepparttar 149031 tallest ofrepparttar 149032 blueberry bushes, reaching up to 10-feet in height. Because of their thick skins, rabbiteye blueberries are able to withstand southern heat in zones seven through nine.

Site Selection

All types of blueberries grow best in full sun. Plants tolerate partial shade, but production declines as shade increases. Blueberries are shallow rooted and poor competitors against large rooted trees, shrubs, and weeds that compete for water, nutrients, and crowd airways necessary to good blueberry production.

A Hedge for the Children

Written by Janette Blackwell

"Isn't that beautiful corn in those people's front yard?" I asked.

"I will not have corn growing in my front yard," said my husband.

"Corn is a handsome plant. It gives a lush, tropical air."

"I will not have corn growing in my front yard."

So we didn't have cornrepparttar next year. Our back yard was shaded, except for one part, and I had decided to grow roses there instead of corn.

The year after that I returned torepparttar 148906 argument: "What if we planted corn inrepparttar 148907 side yard? It gets lots of sun."

"I will not have corn in my front yard."

"This wouldn't berepparttar 148908 front yard. It would berepparttar 148909 side yard. And you remember how delicious corn tastes when you pick it five minutes before you cook it?"

He thought about how delicious corn tastes. "I guessrepparttar 148910 side yard isn'trepparttar 148911 front yard," he said. "Okay. You can grow corn inrepparttar 148912 side yard."

"And I'll plant a hedge out front so people can't seerepparttar 148913 corn as they drive by."

"That's even better."

So I began to plan a hedge.

We had many children in our Virginia neighborhood. Why not plant a hedge they could enjoy?

Inrepparttar 148914 corner next to our neighbor's property, I beganrepparttar 148915 hedge with a serviceberry bush (an Amelanchier). Serviceberry bushes and trees vary in size. Mine ended up about eight feet tall, with feathery white blossoms in spring and brilliant orange leaves in fall. In summer it produced tiny black berries with one drawback: betweenrepparttar 148916 birds andrepparttar 148917 children, they zipped off that bush. I got exactly two berries one year and none thereafter. I can state, onrepparttar 148918 basis of those two berries, that they taste a good deal like huckleberries. They are good.

Atrepparttar 148919 other end ofrepparttar 148920 hedge, in a strip facingrepparttar 148921 driveway, I planted black raspberries -- which felt so peppy they hardly knew what to do with themselves. I didn't know they needed to be tied to supports, and they stuck ten-foot stalks in all directions. They looked awful. They tasted fantastic.

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