The attractive, small bell-shaped pink-white flowers are followed by a harvest of delicious blue-purple berries.
Read on to understand how to plant and grow blueberries. Or click here to find suitable blueberries to plant in your garden.
- Planting & Soil Preparation for Blueberries: Use a premium quality, mineral-rich controlled release fertiliser suitable for acid loving plants such as a ‘Camellia and Azalea’ blend,
- How To Plant Blueberries: Plant them in pots or directly in your garden in a location that promotes morning sunshine and avoids afternoon direct sun and wind.
- How To Mulch Blueberries: In hotter months, make sure they mulched
- When To Prune Blueberries: Prune Blueberries in Perth's early autumn.
- When to Fertilise Blueberries: In spring and early autumn, you'll need to fertilise your blueberries - Seasol can be used as a tonic throughout the year.
- When To Harvest Blueberries: Your Blueberries will grow up to 2m high, and you will harvest them when the berries reach their rich blue colour
Blueberry bushes are shrubs that can reach up to 2m high, depending on the variety. Varieties are semi-deciduous to deciduous.
In the Perth climate, Blueberries are best grown in part sun with protection from the hot afternoon sun and winds. Morning sun or a light dappled shade is ideal.
Blueberries like an acidic, well-drained soil rich in organic matter. We find they are easiest grown in pots using a potting mix suitable for acid loving plants, such as ‘Camellia & Azalea Potting Mix’. Pots also enable you to move them around your backyard to suit the season.
Blueberries are relatively shallow rooted and enjoy a cool root zone. A good layer of mulch kept clear from the trunk of the shrub, should be maintained throughout the warmer months to help maintain cool, moist soil.
Fertilise with a premium quality, mineral-rich controlled release fertiliser suitable for acid loving plants such as a ‘Camellia and Azalea’ blend. This should be applied in the spring and early autumn. Seasol can be used as a tonic throughout the year.
Prune at the beginning of autumn. Fruit is borne on the tips of the previous season’s growth. Remove any spindly or weak older growth to make way for new vigorous shoots in the spring.
Blueberries are generally self-fertile but crops can improve when different varieties are planted nearby.
Varieties commonly available in Perth include:
- Blue Rose – Produces large berries mid-season. Taller growing variety, up to 2m high. Prune well.
- Burst – Australian bred compact variety growing to 1 m high. Produces very large fruit early in the season. Suitable for coastal areas as well as the general Perth area. Heavy cropper.
- Climax – Medium sized fruit early in the season. Suitable for more coastal areas as well as the general Perth area.
- Legacy – Produces medium sized fruit, mid-season. Suitable for coastal areas. Vigorous and upright growing.
- Northland – Tolerant to extremes of heat and cold. Long harvest period from December – March.
- Sunshine Blue – Compact growing variety producing high yields early in the season. Suitable for coastal areas as well as the general Perth area.
Please note that this is intended as general information only. Please ask one of our qualified horticulturists for more specific advice for your situation.
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