Blueberries are incredibly delicious as well as healthy fruits, that you can consume raw, add them to tasty pies, refreshing smoothies, or in various juices.
Blueberries can provide your body with a number of health benefits, such as:
• Prevention of blood cholesterol damage.
• Protecting the brain function and prevention of memory loss thanks to a high number of antioxidants in their content.
• Blueberries are abundant in important nutrients with not a lot of calories, meaning a cup of this fruit will provide you with 3.6 g of dietary fiber, 36% of Vitamin K and 24% of the RDA of Vitamin C.
• Studies have found that blueberries can lower the risk factors of cardiovascular diseases and reduce blood pressure. A research study had found that the consumption of 50 g of blueberries per day in the course of eight weeks resulted with lowering the blood pressure by 4-6%.
• Blueberries are a rich source of antioxidants that help to prevent the symptoms of aging, any damage to your DNA, and fight against cancer. A scientific study led to the finding that drinking of blueberry juice on a daily basis decreased the DNA damage by twenty percent.
Now you too can learn how to cultivate as much as you like of these delicious and healthy fruits in your own home. Bellow in the text we will explain the entire process step by step:
Finding The Right Location
Look for the optimal location to plant the blueberry bush, as the bush needs lots of sunshine and a high-quality soil.
The sunshine will provide your blueberry with the necessary conditions for photosynthesis, while the fertilized soil will aid it.
If you happen to have a big garden, you can use raised beds, because the water will run throughout the soil, giving it the necessary dampness. If you’re in an apartment, it’s good to buy a patio container.
Blueberry bushes require up to 6 feet of space to grow naturally. In case of cultivating more bushes, you need to plant them at 2.5 to 3 feet distance.
Planting Your Blueberry Bush
A common practice when planting a blueberry bush is to do it in spring or in the fall. Ruffle the blueberry roots using your hands, and place them in the ground, add more soil, and pat down the top layer.
Next, water the soil well as it is the bush is shallow-rooted, so it should be hydrated.The soil needs to be well drained. An optimal soil for a blueberry bush has acidic environment, with 5.0 pH level.
To provide the best results, we recommend the use of sawdust, but rind mulch, pine bark, grass clipping, or acid trip are also good options.
Use two to four wreaths to keep the dampness and stop any weeds from growing.Do this procedure once every year, but make sure you do not use sawdust or rinds from redwood tree or cedar.
When your blueberry bush starts to grow, you need to regularly trim it, as this process will enable the strongest branches to grow most actively, while also supporting the full growth of your bush.
This way you enable its optimal growth and prevent over-fruiting, thus the blueberries will remain big. Once the fruits appear, you should cut off most of the blooms.
Use small clippers or a pair of scissors to remove the dead branches.
When trimming your bush, be sure to:
Remove the low growths surrounding the bottom of the bushes, clean any dead wood, and chop away the discolored or short branches.
Fertilizing The Soil
We recommend you use organic fertilizers if you want to avoid harm to the blueberry bushes.
Organic fertilizers will also enrich the bushes for a longer period and of course, they are non-toxic and thus eco-friendly.
It is best to fertilize the soil in early spring, and again after the trimming.If you grow your blueberry bushes using this method, they will prosper and give you fruit for at least 40-50 years.
Moreover, you can plant several different types of blueberries as well for the purpose of cross pollination and enhance your harvest.
This article can help you a lot if you plan on growing blueberry bushes in your very own home and consume as much blueberries as you wish.