This is my second year growing blueberries. My tiny plants came with such great promises, but I have to wait another year or two before I can taste the fruits of my labor.
I know a few things about blueberries, but not much. I know there are two types, low-bush and high-bush. They like acidic soil with lots of loamy matter. Some are self pollinating, but most prefer a partner.
Blueberry bushes are beautiful in a home landscape. They are covered in white blossoms in the spring and red foliage in the fall. They have few problems with insects, but birds like the fruit and bunnies like the brush. (They waited all winter for me to uncover my bushes, then nibbled one blueberry to nubs this spring.)
The U of M Extension Service says it’s easy to grow blueberries, but I’m not so sure. (Sadly, after introducing seven blueberry varieties, the U of M is phasing out their blueberry breeding program.) Polaris, Northcountry, Chippewa — I don’t know what variety tastes best or what variety grows best. I followed their online directions but I am not sure I prepared my site properly. I have no idea how fast blueberries grow — and I have no idea how much fruit three high-bush blueberry bushes will produce.
(For the blueberry curious, I highly recommend this site http://www.canr.msu.edu/vanburen/bluebweb.htm.)
It’s all one crazy botany experiment in my backyard. Intellectually speaking, I love a challenge. Gastronomically speaking, I’m only in it for the berries.
Do you grow your own blueberries? What tips would you give to us beginners?