Did you know that you can grow your own blueberries at home? To fully enjoy the benefits of this fruit and promote its consumption, you can follow our guide to grow an unlimited amount of blueberries at home.
Blueberries are low in calories and very rich in nutrients. Indeed, a cup of blueberries provides 3.6 g of fiber, about 24% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C and 36% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K.
These small fruits are full of antioxidants. These help prevent cell damage and have even been proven to prevent the signs of aging! These antioxidants prevent DNA damage that causes premature aging. According to one study, consuming blueberry juice daily reduces the risk of DNA damage by 20%.
The consumption of blueberries prevents cholesterol-related problems and regulates blood pressure. In addition, blueberries are excellent for improving brain function and memory.
The cultivation of organic blueberries is very easy. Although most varieties take 3 years for fruit production (from seed to fruit harvest), you can still buy a small shrub and plant it at home. Whatever you decide, follow these expert tips to get your own organic blueberries in no time.
1- Find the perfect place:
Like other plants, blueberry shrubs prefer good soils and lots of sunlight. Good exposure to the sun will allow your shrub to perform photosynthesis, which is essential for plant growth! On the other hand, a good soil will promote growth and also photosynthesis.
A shrub of blueberries requires space, at least half a square meter to let it grow and grow naturally while allowing water to flow throughout the soil. The ideal would be to plant your shrub in the garden, otherwise if you live in an apartment, you can opt for the bonsai (dwarf shrub of blueberries) or plant in a patio container.
2- The planting process:
Generally, spring is the perfect time to plant your blueberry shrub and harvest will be ready for July or August!
If you are using a small shrub of blueberries, take it out of the package and place it in prepared soil leaving the roots more or less free. Then you can add soil as you go around the roots.
Tap the top layer of soil, then water your shrub. Keep it always hydrated.
The best form of mulching for blueberry shrubs is sawdust. But pine bark, as well as other types of mulching can be used. Use between 5 and 10 cm on the floor.
Once your bilberry shrub starts to grow, you must start pruning it. Research has shown that pruning allows branches, even the strongest, to grow more vigorously. This promotes maximum fruit growth.
Just use a pair of scissors or a trimmer, then cut a few branches to further encourage the fruits to grow! Eliminate dead branches and all that surrounds the shrub.
This is one of the most important steps in growing your blueberry shrub. You should always use organic fertilizers because they are non-toxic and ensure that the plant remains fertilized for a prolonged period. Opt for blood meal or cotton to stimulate the growth of your plant naturally.