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Berry For Zone 8
Blueberries have been commercially grown for centuries. Also, blueberries are commonly grown in home gardens. Two common types of blueberry plants grown are the high bush and the rabbit eye.
High bush blueberry plants begin their ripening in May. The rabbiteye blueberry plants start to ripen around mid-June. Once blueberries ripen, they may be picked about every five days.
The flowers of the blueberry plant display an attractive pink and white color in the spring. The fruit of the blueberry plant is a beautiful blue color. The beautiful blue color of blueberries is more common within the warm months of summer.
Blueberry plants must have the proper PH to grow and stay healthy. Well, the drained soil must be used to maintain blueberry plants accurately. The high bush blueberry plant may produce up to 8 pounds of blueberries within one year.
Blueberries will grow nicely in partial shade or with direct sunlight. Wild blueberry plants will tolerate cold weather very well. Therefore, blueberry plants can easily be found within various parts of Canada.
Once a blueberry plant fully matures, it can be cut and thinned out. Blueberries can make a beautiful landscape. Therefore, blueberries are commonly used to maintain an attractive view.
Blueberries can be grown and maintain a healthy appearance without the use of potentially harmful insecticides. For this very reason, blueberries are considered to be somewhat organic. Any fruit or vegetable that can be grown without any chemicals is deemed to be natural.
For the most part, irrigation is required to grow healthy blueberry plants. If blueberry plants are grown for home use, it may be wise to invest in a soaker hose. A soaker hose will allow for more even and uniform wetting.
When attempting to maintain larger plantings of blueberry trees, a micro-sprinkler may prove to be more beneficial. Between 8-10 gallons of water per hour is sufficient to sustain healthy blueberry trees.
Blueberries are still commonly used in home gardens, and they are quite attractive and pleasant to the eye. Blueberries are even consumed by many and are considered healthier when grown organically.