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Blueberry in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Vaccinium corymbosum

 

Blueberry

Blueberry bushes can be evergreen or deciduous shrubs that have bell-shaped flowers that can be white, pink or red, followed by 5-16 mm. berries that start green, turn reddish-purple, and, when ripe, dark purple, with a "bloom". They will only thrive in acidic soil, so if your soil is neutral or alkaline, either increase the acidity by adding sulphur chips, or acidic organic matter (such as pine-needles or composted conifer cuttings), or grow in containers, using ericaceous compost.

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plant Features
  • Blueberry likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Blueberry likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Blueberry is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Blueberry likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Blueberry

Latin name

Vaccinium corymbosum

type

Fruiting Plant

family

Ericaceae

ph

3.5 - 5.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Blueberry likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Blueberry is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Blueberry likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Blueberry likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When to harvest

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Blueberry is 0.60meters x 1.00meters 0.60 M 1.00 M

Vaccinium corymbosum

Blueberry bushes can be evergreen or deciduous shrubs that have bell-shaped flowers that can be white, pink or red, followed by 5-16 mm. berries that start green, turn reddish-purple, and, when ripe, dark purple, with a "bloom". They will only thrive in acidic soil, so if your soil is neutral or alkaline, either increase the acidity by adding sulphur chips, or acidic organic matter (such as pine-needles or composted conifer cuttings), or grow in containers, using ericaceous compost.


Propagating by cuttings

From Mid Summer TO Late Summer

Semi hard wood cuttings are taken from the current years growth from mid to late summer. The bottom of the cuttings is hard and soft on the top. With a sharp knife take a cutting of about 14cms, remove lowest leaves, dip end into rooting hormone, and place round the edge of a pot filled with ericaceous compost. Water well, using rainwater if possible. They must remain moist until rooted. Place under glass, but in semi shade..

 

Planting

From Late Autumn TO Early Spring

The essential requirement for blueberry bushes to thrive is acidic soil. If your soil is neutral or alkaline, either increase the acidity by adding sulphur chips, or acidic organic matter (such as pine-needles or composted conifer cuttings), or grow in containers, using ericaceous compost. Plant bushes during the dormant season, from late Autumn to early Spring.

 
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