TOP 10 Tips for Growing Blueberries in the Home Garden

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This summer enjoy the taste of delicious, home grown blueberries directly form your backyard. They are the biggest nutritional powerhouses that you can eat comes in a very small package. Blueberries are filled with more cancer-fighting, anti-aging, eyesight-saving and disease-fighting antioxidants than foods like spinach and salmon. They have been shown to reduce the effects of glaucoma and improve memory according to reports by the USDA. It is obvious that blueberries are a true superfood and that the benefits of consuming them are numerous.

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Another great thing about them is that they are easy to grow in your home garden. Luckily for us there are varieties today that will thrive perfectly in your backyard or even in containers on your balcony. And blueberry bushes are so pretty that they will be not only a healthy addition to your garden, but a good looking one too.

In order to grow healthy, tasty blueberry bushes in your garden you will need some pre-knowledge and we are here to help you gather all the information. Read these 10 tips for growing blueberries and enjoy the benefits (and flavor) of this superfood.

1. Choose the right variety

There are three main types of blueberries: high-bush, rabbit-eye, and southern high-bush. But there are also dwarf varieties which are suitable for growing in containers. The high-bush variety is suitable for colder climates. If you choose this type of blueberries then we recommend Earliblue‘, ‘Collins‘; Mid: ‘Blueray‘, ‘Bluecrop‘ which are early varieties and ‘Jersery‘, ‘Patriot’ which are late varieties.

Rabbit-eye is native to the southern U.S. ‘Tifblue” is the most popular rabbit-eye variety but you can also consider early varieties like ‘Climax’ and ‘Woodard’, mid  ‘Briteblue‘ and ‘Southland‘ and late varieties such as ‘Delite‘.

Southern high-bush is actually a mix of the two previously mentioned types and is a good choice in Zones 7 to 10. There are early varieties of southern high-bush like ‘Oneal‘ and ‘South-blue’ and mid like ‘Jubliee‘ and’Sunshine Blue’. As for the dwarf varieties that are great for containers you can choose between mid varieties like ‘Dwarf North-blue‘ or late like  ‘Dwarf Tophat’.


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14 comments On TOP 10 Tips for Growing Blueberries in the Home Garden

  • I try to grow blueberries in Irkutsk/Siberia/.I ‘be planted 3 bushes.Don’t know if they survive though we have much snow this year.Happy life to americans

    • I’m from Canada , if your blue berries don’t grow , you can try Saskatoon berries. They are a kind of wild blue berry that grows in northern Canada and is fine in snow. Good luck

  • The birds ate all the berries off of my plant. Any way to keep them away that would be non toxic?

    • Drape a bird proof net over the plant. I plan to make a square frame to hold the net off of the plant and it will be easy to lift up once I need to tend to the plant.

      Also I have a question…if I do a potted plant, should I bring it in during winter or leave it outside?

    • I cover my blue berry bushes with deer netting while they have berries on them. Works great. costs about $20.00.

    • Use bird netting over the bushes

  • Btw I live in Kansas

  • Can I grow it in India

  • Kindly advise the varieties of blueberry for planting in Melbourne australia , winter temperature range from a low of 5 C to a high of 14 C

  • I hung tin pans and old CD’s from a rope over the bushes. Also tied plastic grocery bags to some of the bushes. This seemed to help this year.

  • old cd’s hung over bushes worked this year

  • Can I grow blue berry in South Africa.

  • I’ve gone to the thrift store and bought very sheer window curtains and used them as cover for my blue berry bushes, last year.
    Have tons of blossoms on them this year. Planted in 2017.
    Just have to keep looking out for bag moth caterpillars. The caterpillars almost defoliated my bushes the first year ( 2017) and the birds got to the berries last year. Had a lot of little green berries… but the birds ate most them, before they could ripen. Only after the birds got most of my berries, did I rember to cover the bushes.
    This year, I’m going to cover them, “before” the birds can get them. Lololo

  • I googled your question and found several results, including some videos. Here is one comment I found: “The South African blueberry harvest season traditionally starts in September and ends in mid-February. There are three varieties of blueberries grown in South Africa; Northern Highbush, Southern Highbush and Rabbiteye”.

    Hope this helps.

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