Dwarf Blueberry Bushes, and Plants are a great way to delve into the gardening realm without committing to large plots of land or time spent weeding and controlling pests. Growing smaller pint size blueberry bushes has become more popular as more people have downsized, or just can't commit to the time a garden requires. Blueberries are some of the most healthy fruits you can add to your diet, so welcome to BUY BLUEBERRY BUSHES, and enjoy pursuing our site, and learning more about this amazing plant!
Blueberries are healthy and delicious, but many people believe that they don't have the space required to grow blueberry bushes. However, blueberry bushes are very easy to grow, and require very little care once established.
Buying blueberry bushesmay seem confusing, if you you only have a very small garden or patio area.Dwarf blueberry bushes are one option if you have a nice sunny patio, with good air circulation.
Don't let the small stature of the top hat blue plant frighten you away. This is a marvelous tiny, but bountiful berry plant. It ususlly tops out at 18 inches tall and wide, but this mighty marvel can churn out ton of berries, and is pretty easy to grow.
Dwarf Blueberries grow beautifully in containers. They are compact berry producers that grow to be around 1 1/2 ft. tall, these little compact charmers are mounded shape loaded with white flowers in the spring, crimson foliage in the fall, and firm full size berries in late August with no pollinator needed. After one or two seasons your dwarf blueberry bush will produce up to two pounds of blueberries.
Dwarf Tophat blueberries are perfect for cooking, freezing, make jams, and your morning cereal.
Another fun and often not discussed feature of a Dwarf blueberry plant is that it can also be trained into beautiful bonsai trees very easily due to their compact size.
Another compact blueberry plant is the Dwarf Northsky Blueberry plant, it has a similar berry harvest as the tophat, and is only 1 1 /2 ft tall by 2 ft wide plant that produces up to 1-2 pounds of smaller blueberries with a higher antioxidant level than the dwarf Tophat blueberry plant.
Dwarf blueberry plants grow well in containers zones 3 – 8 (-30° F.)
Space them 1-2 feet apart in full sun. Bushes will mature in 3-4 years.
The secret to growing any blueberry bush is the pH of the soil, which needs to be maintained at 4.5 to 5.5 pH
In the wild blueberries are a seasonal mainstay for many animals. The highbush blueberry plant is an important diet staple for wild birds such as: bluebird, cardinal, catbird, mockingbird, turkey, dove, robin and thrasher. It is also consumed by dear, mice, skunk, bear, chipmunk,and I have also seen a fox or two enjoying the sweet berries. Some wild animals also use the blueberry bush as a source of shelter, and others such as the deer also find the branches a tasty addition to their diet plan.
Domestic animals do enjoy the sweet blueberries too, but are they good for them?
Are Blueberries Safe for Dogs?
Answer: Yes, blueberries are definitely safe for dogs in general.
Blueberries make a great natural treat for dogs. Because they are a good natural source of nutrients, it’s far better to give your dog blueberries than to give him processed treats and other snack food that you can purchase from the grocery store or pet store.
It’s always best to consult your veterinarian before giving your dog any kind of fruit. Your vet should be able to tell you how your dog will respond to blueberries or other types of fruit and your vet should be able to give you recommendations tailored for your particular dog. Don’t be afraid to ask your vet if blueberries are safe for your dog.
If you look at some well-marketed all natural dog food products or other dry food sold in pet stores, they may contain blueberries or blueberry by-products. Some of these brands are becoming increasingly more popular. Although no major studies were conducted to determine if the antioxidants present in blueberries benefit dogs like they benefit humans, you can rest assured than blueberries are safe for dogs.
Blueberries are a seasonal fruit and therefore the price of blueberries will fluctuate. You decide how much you want to spend on dog treats. If you opt for blueberries, only feed your dog fresh blueberries and don’t add any sugar or preservatives. Although some preservatives may be all right for human consumption, your dog’s system may not know how to process added preservatives.
You should first feed your dog with its regular meal and then give him blueberries. If you want, you can replace a small portion of his dry food with blueberries but make sure to keep your dog’s meal proportioned without overfeeding him.
This article talks about blueberries, not grapes or raisins. Grapes contain a particular acid that can cause reactions in dogs. Such reactions could include vomiting, diarrhea or upset stomach. Your dog’s body can’t break down these acids the way human bodies can.
If you have some guests over who would like to give your dog blueberries, make sure that they ask you first. After all, you’re the one in charge! Your guests do not know your dog and his particular dietary needs and they don’t know if your dog normally performs a trick in order to receive blueberries.
Basically, blueberries are safe for dogs and your dog should not have adverse reactions to blueberries. However, if your dog is on any kind of dietary restrictions, you should talk to your veterinarian first to see if blueberries are safe for your dog. And please remind your family and friends to ask for your permission before giving any type of food to your dog. Don’t hesitate to call your vet and schedule an appointment to see if your dog can enjoy blueberries!
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The lowbush blueberry plant makes excellent landscape plants around the house or in the home garden. In May, they are covered with white-to-light-pink flowers just before the dark blue-green leaves completely unfold. From late July to August, you will find fresh berries for picking, and using in all your favorite blueberry recipes.
The low-bush blueberry is a low, open-growing shrub reaching 6" to 12" in height and spreading to 2′. It is hardy in zones 2 to 6. The flowers appearing in April/May are small, white, and tinged with red. The fruit is a bluish black, very sweet berry, 1/4" to 1/2"
In autumn, the leaves turn into a lovely color range from orange to burgundy. Use high-bush blueberry, Vaccinium corymbosum, as an informal hedge or specimen plant. Low-bush blueberry, Vaccinium angustifolium, makes a good ground cover or edging plant for borders.
Growing Benefits Of Lowbush Blueberry Plants:
Aromatic flowers supply nectar for butterflies and other pollinators
Attract butterflies to your garden used as a larval food source for several butterflies
Adored by birds and other wildlife
Bushes offer good nesting and cover for birds
Highly cold tolerant ground cover that will grow well in dry, acid soil
Growing and Maintenance Tips For Lowbush Blueberry Plants
Keep blueberries away from house foundations or walls with lime foundations
Do not plant them among junipers or other plants that prefer neutral soil.
Blueberries need at least 6 hours a day of sunshine, best to plant in full.
Blueberries need a sunny area with good air circulation
Plant in well-drained, acidic soil
Works well as a planted as a ground cover on slopes
Harvest in late June through August
Managing Large Lowbush Blueberry Fields
Sometimes a lowbush blueberry planting is developed where lowbush blueberries already grow. Original planting were logged and or burned to get rid of all of the above ground foliage then new shoots would sprout from below ground. Where lowbush blueberries were common in the forest understory a lot of or the majority of these shoots would be from blueberry plants. After many years the site would be burned again so that ultimately the site would become a pure planting of lowbush blueberries.
There's a lot of variability in expansion, leaf color fruit color and taste and lots of other facets of the plant. Fruit buds formed in the axils of the leaves. Highbush blueberries produce a crop of berries each year and so do wild lowbush blueberries but managed lowbush blueberry stands produce a crop every other year. After crop lowbush blueberry fields are burned or mowed to the ground. The following year, new sprouts appear and grow forming flower buds in the autumn. The following spring these shoots flower and bear fruit, which is cropped, and the field is mowed again. This ends up in a 2 year crop cycle for the field. Commercial lowbush blueberry growers routinely have half their fields in the off or sprout year and half in the one year with fruit. Having short one-year shoots is an advantage when cropping because lowbush blueberries are raked off the plants using hand rakes or mechanical harvesters. The two-year growing system produces tons of long unbranched shoots that make it simple to crop the fruit off the stems.
Blueberries are a good fruit crop for home gardens because they can be grown in very little space if needed, such as in containers, or low ground cover. Blueberry plants begin to provide fruit in the 3rd season ; however, they don't become entirely productive, and fully mature for approximately 6 years.
Once the blueberry bush is in production, it is critical to protect the fruit from loss to hungry blueberry loving birds.
Climatic Requirements : Plants are sometimes not hardy when temperatures drop below -20 degrees F, and do best in a location that receives at least half a days worth of sunshine.
Soil pH should be between four and 4.5 and contain at least four to 7% organic material. With loam soils, it is advised that plants be grown on raised beds, 4 feet wide and nine inches high for better water drainage.
Such beds are not required for production on sandy soils. It is critical to check soil for pH, nutrient standing and organic material content before conducting soil preparation. Incorporate the materials into the top four to six inches one year before planting for the best results.
The first season it is best to remove any blooming buds that escaped being pruned. Water every other day the first year, and keep the are around your blueberry bushes clear of weeds.
Removing the flowers on your blueberry bushes during the first year will help restrict shoot growth, and allow the blueberry bushes energies to go to the root ball and branches. This will result in better fruit production on the plant in later growing seasons.
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Fertilizing Blueberry Bushes
Azalea Special Fertilizer 10-10-10
Azalea Special Fertilizer 12-4-8
These are the formulas that are very simple and work well to produce healthy blueberry bushes, and productive berry results.
The blueberry plant root system gives of hydrogen ions into the soil after it uptakes the ammonium ions in the surrounding soil. This will result in the soil pH decreasing gradually when only a ammonium sulfate fertilizer is used. This why it is recommended to us the Azalea Special Fertilizer as it has other added ingredients to help balance the soil conditions.
First season no fertilizers just balance the pH of the soil, and water regularly. Mulch will help acidify your soil. Not all mulch is created for acidifying soil, however, oak leaves, and pine needles will do an excellent job.
Second season keep the balance of the soil pH, and water regularly. If the ph is out of balance add per instructions Azazel special fertilizer using height ratio.
In the beginning third of the year around March and then again midyear June, you will start to fertilized the blueberry bushes. You never want to overuse fertilizers on blueberry bushes, as this can be fatal to your plant. You will want to wait to fertilize your blueberry plants for this reason into the third season, so as they can have a chance to get established.
Azalea Special Fertilizer – 2-4 ounces of 10-10-10 or 12-4-8 depending on the size of your plants. Spread the special fertilizer around the perimeters of the blueberry bushes evenly in a circle twenty four inches around with the plants being dead center.
After the third season you will need to check the soil pH, if it tests high for phosphorus then you will want to use the Azalea 12-4-8 formulation. If the soil pH tests low then use the 10-10-10 formulation. You will need to apply 1ounce of the needed formula per foot of height at the spring time, and again after harvesting fruit in the summer.
You will fertilize the blueberry bushes at this rate increasing the amount per the height of the blueberry plant until the blueberry plant is around eight feet tall. After your plant reaches 8 feet do not increase the amount of fertilizer again. Spread the fertilizer around and under the plant from this time forth.
Blueberry bushes are quite easy to grow with the right soil pH, and fertilizing your blueberry bushes takes a minimal amount of time. Now all you need to do is start the pruning of your blueberry bushes.
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It is that time of the year to start making a list to buy blueberry bushes, and other garden varieties of fruits and vegetable stock for spring planting.Tilling the soil with your hands, and reaping the fruits of your labor make summer one of the most enjoyable, and productive times of the year.
Gardening is a wonderful hobby in the modern busy world of hustle and bustle, and nothing beats a pair of gloves and garden clippers to help you slow down and enjoy some quiet time out in nature. A friend once asked why my husband and I never fight, and my husband piped up, who wants to fight with a woman who always has a shovel or garden clippers always in her hands.Perhaps he's right!
So, I'm out to the garden to prepare my soil for planting some new highbush blueberry bushes, I wish you great success in your own blueberry bush planting this season.
How to Grow Blueberries
by Linda Paquette
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 reduce the risk of some cancers.
Types of Blueberries
1.Highbush blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum) are those usually found in the produce department of your grocery. As you might expect, they are named because the bushes grow to 6-feet in height. Fruits are large, from ½ 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 is the growth year and the second year is the 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 much the same way as their taller relatives. Taste and size meet halfway between highbush and lowbush. An extra advantage for the northern grower is that half-high blueberries were especially bred to withstand the heavy snowfalls and cold winters of inland North America and are hardy to Zone 3. 4.Rabbiteye blueberries (Vaccinium ashei), native to the Southeastern United States, are the tallest of the 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.
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.
The most important element is growing blueberries is soil composition. To make the most of your blueberry planting, begin necessary soil amendments the year before planting. Blueberries grow best in loose, sandy loam. Although you may run across wild blueberries growing in a bog, on closer inspection you'll see that plants grow on small, natural hills.
Blueberries need moisture retentive, well-drained, humus-rich soil with good aeration. Soil acidity is also very important in growing blueberries. Plants need a pH of 4.0 to no more than 5.0 to thrive. Initially, bring the pH down to acceptable levels with sulphur or 4 to 6 inches of acid peat mixed into the first 6 to 8 inches of topsoil. Also, enrich soil with good organic compost.
Although most blueberries self-pollinate, plant two or more varieties within a type for a larger harvest of more voluptuous fruits. Five plants provide enough blueberries for fresh eating, drying, and preserving for a family of four.
Plant blueberries in spring after all danger of frost passes. When growing several plants, you may find it easier to prepare a bed rather than digging holes for individual plants. Add a generous portion of peat moss to your trench or hole both to increase the organic content and to ensure continued soil acidity.
Standard spacing for highbush, half-high, and rabbiteye bushes is five to six feet apart in rows eight to ten feet distant. Dig holes or make your row three to four inches deeper than the size of the root balls. Pack soil firmly around the roots of each plant.
Plant lowbush varieties one to three feet apart in rows three to four feet distant. Cover about a third of the top stems with soil to encourage runners to develop.
Once established, a blueberry bush may remain productive for decades with just a minimum of care.
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Buying and planting blueberry bushes during the spring and fall requires a little forethought into where you will plant your blueberry bushe, what location you will put your blueberry plants, soil requirments of blueberry bushes, and what variety of blueberry bushes will grow in your gardeing zone.
When it comes to fresh picking and eating, there are approximately thirty different types of blueberry bushes deserving of your attention. These are the huge, plump and sweet berries with which you're most familiar. These blueberries grow wild from Minnesota to Maine and in the Maritime Provinces of Canada–Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. These plants grow to six feet tall and don't need a cold winter to set fruit. Rabbiteye blueberries are pink before they ripen ; the same color as a rabbit's eye. The massive, plump, light blue berries you find at the market are likely highbush varieties. Popular high-bush cultivars include ‘Earliblue', which ripens in late spring, ‘Bluecrop' and ‘Berkeley', which ripen in the summer, and ‘Blueray', which ripens from mid-summer to late summer.
Blueberries for Home Gardens
by Marge Hirst
The blueberry plant commonly grown in Pennsylvania for fruit production is known as the highbush blueberry. Of this variety, whose Latin name is Vaccinium corymbosum, Bluecrop and Blueray are 2 wonderful plants . In addition to giving the home gardener delicious fresh fruit, these blueberries can offer year round beauty and interest in the landscape. In the spring there are attractive flowers, summer is a glossy bright green leaf along with the possibility of luscious berries, fall brings brilliant leaf colors ranging from yellow to crimson and winter has attractive red twigs which are spectacular against a snowy landscape.
Blueberry plants require well-drained soils, acidic values of pH 4.5to 5.5 and a high content of organic material to maintain moisture. Most blueberry will reach a height of 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide at maturity. Most cultivars are self-fertile, but will produce a an increased crop and fruit size by the presence of more than one variety in a planting. For a longer harvest season, plant early, mid and late varieties
Thinning , and pruning of blueberry bush blossoms promotes larger fruit.
The Bluecrop Blueberry has large bright light blue berries that are ready to pick in mid-July through mid-August. Mature plants can yield as high as 12 -15 pounds of fruit each year. This is often considered the best variety for a constant yield as it is a leading commercial variety. It is good for fresh eating, preserves, baking and freezing. The Bluecrop Blueberry is good in zones 4-7. It grows to a height of 4-6 feet tall and is moderately drought resistant.
Blueray blueberries are a large, medium blue berry that is harvested in early to mid season. They are very sweet with a slightly tart flavor. Yield is about 12-15 pounds per mature plant. It is self-fertile and is a good pollinator for ‘Bluecrop' and ‘Northblue'. Blueray is good in zones 4-6. It grows to a height of 4-6 feet. Blueray is usually considered an excellent plant for home gardens.
This blueberry has a mild, sweet flavor. The berries are large, firm, light blue and are harvested in early season. Yield for a mature bush is about 8-12 pounds per bush. Yields are better if there is another variety to pollinate. Earliblue is considered crack resistant. Outstanding bright red canes add winter landscape value and interest. Earliblue grows to a height of 4-6 feet
Northblue Blueberry is a plump, firm, navy blue berry harvested in early season, which is usually mid-July. Yield is about 3-7 pounds per bush. This berry has a wild blueberry flavor with a good sugar to acid ratio. Northblue blueberry is good for fresh eating and processing. It also has a good storage life when refrigerated. It is self-fertile, but will yield more when cross-pollinated. Best when grown in zones 4-8. This plant is a shorter cultivar, growing to a height of 20 to 30 inches.
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When springs planting pick a few blueberry bushes,buy a variety of blueberry bushes to spread your blueberry crop throughout the season. A highbush mature plant will yield 5-10 pounds of fruit, and a low or hybrid may yield 1-4 pounds of fruit.
Decide where to plant your blueberry bushes. Find a nice sunny location with at least 6-8 hours of sunshine in a day. You can grow blueberries in shady spots, but the fruit will be less, and smaller.
Check the Ph balance of your soil. You can buy simple ph metering devices.Blueberries require a soil pH of 4.0 to 5.3 for best growth.
Your blueberry bushes should be planted in rows if you are not using them as ornamental in your garden, then plant four feet between highbush plants.
Space blueberry bushes:
Rabbiteye blueberries bushes should have 6 feet 12 feet between the bush rows, and 4 -6 feet between individual bushes.
Highbush need 4 feet to10 feet between rows, and 4 feet between bushes, and at least 4-6 feet apart between individual bushes.
Lowbush are great hillside covers, and should be planted 4-6 feet between plants. They also make great container plants.
For planting your blueberry bushes dig holes that are 18 deep x 18 wide, or slightly larger depending on the age of your plant.
It is best to till the soil as a minimum of 8 inches deep in a row at least 4 feet wide. If the ground contains excessively moisture it is good idea to plant blueberry bushes on a raised plant bed that is 6 to 12 inches high and about 4 feet wide.
Gather and mix 3-6 gallons of either milled pine bark or wet peat moss to place in each planting hole. Blueberries grow best in acidic soil, so do not use agriculture lime. You will mix the bark mixture with equal soil ratios.
Remove the pot-bound bushes prior to planting in the ground. And remove soil to expose all of the roots. Either by hand, or tapping on the ground until roots are exposed. Then gently wet the root.
Blueberry plants that are not in pots can be planted without removing the dirt from the root ball.
Mix peat moss with top soil fill bottom of planting hole, then set the plants in and cover the roots with remaining peat moss and soil mixture.
A simple way to remember how deep to plant a blueberry bush is, to look for the soil a line marking on the blueberry bush, and cover the plant at that line. That is how deep you will want to plant your bush, place dirt around your plant, and tap down the soil with your foot after planting. Water your plants saturating the soil.
Now apply about 4 inches of sawdust, shredded leaves, wood chip mulch, or pine needle mulch in 2 foot wide band around your blueberry bushes; this should be maintained for the life of your blueberry bushes. Prune back and remove small side branches, and cut back the main branches to the bush.
Removing the flowers on your blueberry bushes during the first year will help restrict shoot growth, and allow the blueberry bushes energies to go to the root ball and branches. This will result in better fruit production on the plant in later growing seasons.
Growing blueberries takes patience as in waiting for your plants to mature to produce fruits. Once they start bearing fruit your time invested in planting will be well spent. You can buy blueberry bushes to plant in the spring, all the way up until the fall.