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Blueberry Trees--Practical and Beautiful

By Jessica Ackerman

We see a lot of articles that focus on herbs, strawberries, and some varieties of fruit trees in order to save money and eat healthy. However, blueberry trees are also a great choice that can be enjoyed fresh, frozen for later use, used for recipes, or canned to make great tasting jams and jellies. Unlike some other types of trees, they are easy to care for and grow with a few simple tips, making blueberry trees a practical and beautiful choice for your front or back yard.

Blueberry trees are often called blueberry bushes, although if they continue to grow without heavy pruning they can reach the height of a small tree easily. They are harvested during the summer months of June, July, and August, depending on heat, water, fertilizer, and other factors. Since they are a great choice for reducing your risks of some cancers, they are ideal for any household so long as you watch for birds during the growing months. Unlike some fruit trees that quickly grow big and become hard to manage, blueberry trees have branches and shapes that are very similar to the delicate dogwood instead.

You can purchase blueberry trees as seeds, seedlings, saplings, or cuttings from most home improvement stores. Some people head to nurseries or plant farms for buying them, but they may cost a little more money at these locations. Keep in mind that quality may be higher though, since these employees are trained to care for plants instead of relying on the knowledge of home improvement store employees which may be geared more toward outdoor furniture instead of plants.

These trees can handle being a little crowded. Keep your rows about eight feet apart, but blueberry trees do well with some crowding if necessary. Make sure individual plants are about five or six feet apart and prune as desired to prevent the trees from becoming tangled. They grow pretty quickly, especially for a tree variety, and the maintenance and upkeep is minimal even during the growing months.

Most blueberry trees need nothing aside from occasional fertilization so long as the planting space is in direct sunlight and gets a good amount of water. These are not designed for shady areas, and your blueberries will not thrive without direct sunlight for at least the major portion of the day. They should be planted during the spring to see summer blooms, although most do not produce fruit the first or second year that they are planted, especially if you start from seedlings.

Be sure to fertilize twice a year to get maximum blueberry yields each season. The first fertilization should be during the spring months, making sure to till the soil before planting for the first time. Fertilize again during the late summer months so that next year’s crop is optimized too, making sure to add water and work into the soil with a spade or rake. Mulch also comes in handy for keeping out the weeds, although it is not required for hardy growth.

Jessica Ackerman, author and staff designer at WallDecorandHomeAccents.com, specializes in contemporary metal wall decor and contemporary wood wall art.


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