Blueberry

Blueberry

The blueberry is an attractive thorn less shrub that exhibits brilliant foliage, delicate pinkish/white flowers along with large clusters of bluish black berries. Depending upon the variety the leaves are either deciduous or evergreen. Blueberries are native to Europe, the South and North American regions.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Enjoys full sun and if possible, provide a north to north easterly position for maximum sun exposure.

    Supply with deep, well drained soil such as sandy loams or soils that are rich in organic matter.

    Heavy soils such as clays should be avoided.

    Wind protection is essential.

    Regular watering is necessary during spring and summer while the plant is fruiting.

    Being a shallow root plant means that mulch is recommended for moisture retention in summer.

    Understand the growing conditions of your blueberry variety - such as the low bush types from Europe rely on a high chill factor at very low temperatures to set fruit.

    Best planting time is in spring after any danger of a hard frost.

    When planting your blueberries in rows, allow 3-4m between each row .The space apart between plants within each row depends upon variety. Highbush variety should be planted 1.5m apart, Lowbush 1m apart and Rabbit Eye about 2-2.5m apart.

    Encourage growth by pinching out the flowers in the first years.

    Makes an exceptional pot plant.

    Provide netting at fruit set as blueberries are very attractive to birds.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Young Bushes (1-2yrs)

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ½ cup (60-100g)

    Commercial Use: 100g

    Comments: Once planted, apply fertiliser every 4-6 weeks after. This fertiliser application can be further applied from spring through to May and June. Do not fertilise plants any later than July, as this may stimulate late growth that is prone to winter injury.

     

    Stage: Mature Bushes (3+ yrs)

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 1 cup (200-250g)

    Commercial Use: Up to 300g

    Comments: Spread the fertiliser in a band centred on the plant row. On bushes 3-4 years old which are in production, fertilise at bud break. Continue to apply 4-5 times throughout the year (approx. every 60 days) until July and then hold off during winter as this can injure plants.

Disclaimer

Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.