Grow your very own crop of incredibly tasty blueberries on your patio - yummy! This veritable superfood is believed to carry all manner of health benefits and is recommended by health experts and dietitians accordingly. Packed full of vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants, they are not only really good for you but they taste great too! Blueberries provide true season-long interest and will produce wonderfully fragrant tubular blossom in spring, followed by delicious fruits that form and colour up ready for picking from June onwards.
This collection will provide 3 months of harvest from June until August with each bush providing up to 5kg (over 10lbs) of fruit per season once fully established. Blueberries make brilliant patio plants and will grow perfectly in pots do remember to use ericaceous (slightly acidic pH) compost though as all blueberries are lime intolerant. In autumn, the foliage will provide a bright flourish of scarlet colour before falling off for the winter.
The collection comprises 3 varieties, selected for their wide continuous harvest period and ease of growth in your home garden.
Early 'New Hanover' The earliest cropping and a heavy cropper with fruits of a good size but with a wild blueberry flavour delicious!
Mid: Blueberry 'Blueray' A popular, tasty mid-season cropper providing big crops of juicy sweet fruits.
Late: 'Ozark Blue' The latest cropper within our collection providing a big crop of delicious berries it is one of the most popular varieties and a real favourite of chefs!
Plant in well-drained, acidic soil in a sunny, sheltered spot.
If your garden soil has a pH over 5.5, your blueberry is best grown in a pot, in ericaceous soil. Keep it well-watered - donít allow the soil to dry out.
Water blueberries with rainwater if you can as tap water will gradually raise pH levels.
Feed every month with a liquid fertiliser for ericaceous (lime-hating) plants.
If growing blueberries in the garden, add plenty of organic matter such as pine needles or composted conifer clippings. Avoid farmyard manure as it will scorch the roots.
Pruning is rarely needed in the first two years. After that prune in late Feb Ė early Mar, aiming to remove a proportion of old wood every year. Two year-old wood is the most productive.
Take out any damaged, dead, and diseased wood and prune out low branches that will lie on the ground when full of fruit.