Winter Blueberry Care
For optimal growth, blueberry bushes need a well-drained and moderately acid soil, high in organic matter. Soil preparation and maintenance, reliable watering, and monitoring soil pH, are all essential to growing Blueberries successfully. Mid to late winter is a good time to carry out seasonal maintenance and includes the following:
Blueberry plants grow approximately 2-3m high and 1m wide and can be planted 1.5m apart. They prefer a sunny aspect protected from strong winds and hot afternoon sun. These attractive shrubs have varying degrees of frost tolerance and require a period of winter chill to aid fruit production.
Blueberries benefit from cross-pollination between species so planting multiple varieties will increase yield. Planting different types with differing fruiting times also prolongs the picking season and insures against seasonal weather mishaps including early/late frosts.