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Growing blueberries in zones four through six creates the best results, as they prefer mild climates, full sun exposure and well-drained soil. Maintain a blueberry shrub, which produces fruit through the late summer and early fall, with helpful advice... View Video Transcript
Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to talk about how to grow blueberries, one of my favorite fruits. And they're such a beautiful plant as well. Blueberries are native to the eastern part of the United States, and they prefer zones 4 to 6, so more of the middle section of the eastern United States. They don't like really warm climates or really cold climates, either. But they're really easy to grow in the garden as well. Blueberries grow like a shrub, so they'll grow very similar to a rhododendron or azalea. So they like good bark dust composted soil that has good drainage. They like to be on the hillsides as opposed to being right near a lake, and they, again, want good drainage. They're a little shrub. They need to be trimmed every year, and my rule of thumb is not to trim them more than one third of the plant per year, and that way they'll fill in really nicely for the next year. You can always cut some of the dead stems out as well, or thin it out a bit, and they generally will produce fruit every late summer through fall, and you can either freeze them or eat them fresh and they're really, really easy to grow. Again, they need full hot sun, but they want good drainage and if you live in a warmer climate then definitely give them part shade, because they don't want hot hot intense sun. They do better in the little bit milder climates where it's not so hot, and they do drink a lot of water. You never want to let them dry out, but you never want them to sit in clay and sit in water, either. So you can start them by root or by seed. It takes a long time by seed and generally you start the roots in the fall or early spring. Many people will grow their blueberries right up against a fence and kind of train it onto the fence, or you can just leave it straight as a shrub. Either way, they'll grow really well and produce lots of fruits for you.