Blueberry bushes are a very popular choice among gardeners and home gardeners. They provide beautiful fruit year after year. There are many varieties of blueberries available in the market today, but most people prefer the variety known as “Raspberry”. You may have heard of these fruits before if you’ve ever eaten them at all; however, they’re not really common in our area. Most people grow them because they’re easy to grow and produce good quality fruit. However, there’s one type of blueberry that is much rarer than any other types of blueberries: Rabbiteye Blueberries! These berries are only found in a few places around the world (and even then it’s a small population).
The following is a list of some facts about Blueberry Bushes For Sale Near Me.
They’re Easy To Grow And Produce Good Quality Fruit
These berries are actually hardy enough to survive the winter months here in Southern California. That means they’ll grow well in zones 7 through 10. They’re also pretty easy to grow, which makes them perfect for beginners who don’t want to spend hours digging up the ground or spending money on expensive seeds. However, like all plants, they do need some attention.
They’re Very Low-Maintanance
Rabbiteye blueberries don’t require much when it comes to maitenance. They prefer acidic soil (which is very common in our area), but they can survive in basic soil as well. In fact, if you have basic soil, you can always add some mulch and compost to improve the quality of the soil.
Don’t worry about watering them either. Just give them a good shower once a week (add some weed killer to your water if you want) and you should be good.
They’re Low-Maintenance When It Comes To Pests As Well
Caring for your blueberries doesn’t end there. You also have to keep pests away from them. Luckily, Rabbiteye Blueberries don’t have too many pests that attack them. The primary pests include the following:
This moth burrows into the skin of the fruit and lays its eggs inside. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae begins to eat away at the inside of the fruit. This spoils it, and no one wants to eat a rotten, worm-filled blueberry! To prevent this, you can either pick off the eggs once they’ve hatched or spray your plants with some pesticide.
Codling Moth (Same As Above, But The Whole Plant)
This is the adult version of the Coddling Moth. It’s pretty big and has a wingspan of about 2 inches. The moth lands on the plant and lays its eggs onto the stems. When the eggs hatch, the larvae burrows into the stems and begin to eat away at it.
This prevents the plant from getting necessary nutrients and water, eventually killing it. Like the coddling moth, you can pick off the eggs or spray your plants with some pesticide.
Also known as The Curculio, this is a large weevil with a wide range of food preferences (mostly fruits and nuts). It’s a pretty big bug, with a wingspan of about 1 inch. This is one pest you don’t want to ignore, otherwise it will completely destroy your plants. Once they’ve settled in, it’s very hard to get them out.
They usually arrive when the plants begin to bloom, so watch out around that time!
In my experience, the best way to get rid of these bugs are to flood your garden with water. This will get rid of most of plant bugs. You may still find a dead one every now and then, but it’s better than having a dozen or more plant bugs crawling all over your plants.
Rabbiteye blueberries produce fruit from mid-july to mid-September. You should be able to get at least 2 crops of berries from each bush. Each bush can produce up to 2-3 pounds of blueberries each year.
Tips For Growing Blueberries
There are many ways you can improve your chances of growing blueberries. These may not be necessary for every gardener, but if you’re having trouble growing them or you want your plants to grow as fast as possible, then try some (or all!?) of these tips:
Fertilize your plants. I cannot stress how important it is to feed your plants. If you do it right, it’s basically like giving them a month of growth in just a few weeks. Fertilizer can usually be bought from any home and garden store, and there are many kinds of fertilizer that you can choose from.
The most important thing is to follow the instructions on the back of the package!
Hose water your plants. This is a pretty simple tip, but it certainly helps. Normally, you want to keep the soil moist around your plants, so watering them regularly (about once a week) helps with that. If you’re really in a pinch and don’t have time to water them, then by all means water them using a hose!
Just make sure you don’t over-water them.
Deadheading is removing old, diseased, or dead flowers from your plant. Normally, you would prune this from your plants using a pair of scissors or by hand. This will prevent the spread of disease and will also allow more energy to be put into the healthy parts of the plant.
Buy disease resistant plants. I recommend buying these plants since they’ve already been confirmed to be free of any diseases or weaknesses. In addition, they’ll grow stronger and healthier than other types of blueberry plants due to the care that goes into breeding them.
Buy more than 1 plant. Blueberries are not like many other plants in that you can get by with only one plant since they don’t produce fruit the first year (and sometimes even the second year). If you want a good harvest of blueberries from one plant, you’ll need to buy at least 2. I recommend getting as many as you can, since blueberries are fairly expensive plants that require a lot of work.
Location, Location, Location! Blueberries like acidic, sandy soil. You probably don’t have either of those things in your backyard, so you’ll need to do a little bit of preparation before you plant them. You can do this by making raised beds or adding lots of organic matter to the soil.
This is necessary so that the plants roots can get the oxygen and nutrients it needs to survive. Keep in mind that the soil around your house may be different than the soil you add. For this reason, it’s best to create your own mix of soil to place around the roots of your plant.
Make sure to get a male and female plant if you want fruit! It’s possible (though very rare) for a female plant to produce berries without a mate, but this will exhaust the plant and make it more susceptible to disease and damage. Only the females produce fruit; the males are there for the purpose of fertilizing the female plants. Because of this, you should have at least one male for every 3-4 female plants.
The plants will let you know which is which!
To make your blueberry plant happy:
Water it using rain water (distilled water, or water from a natural source such as a river). If neither of these are available, you may need to water it with hose water, but only once a week and don’t use it all the time!
Apply fertilizer about once every month. (This is optional; if you’re buying young plants from a garden center, then they will probably come with their own fertilizer)
Leaves getting yellow?
This means that the soil doesn’t have enough phosphorus (a type of mineral). You can either buy a bag of phosphorus from a garden store, or mix some bone meal into the soil to help!
Leaves getting brown?
This means that the soil is too wet, dry, or does not have the pH they need (Acidic soil). It could also mean that you are over-fertilizing the plant. Try watering it a little less and not fertilizing it for a while.
Leaves with spots?
This means that the plant has been infected by a disease. There are many types of diseases and depending on the type, it can be cured or not. It’s rare for home gardeners to have their plants get diseases, but if your plant does get this ailment you should really do some research on what disease it has and how to cure it.
If your plant looks like this, then you’re doing something wrong!
Thrips are among the smallest of all insects and are nearly impossible to spot with the naked eye (they’re slightly larger than a mite, which you probably can’t spot either). These little buggers will feed on your plants and leave small white trails as they move around. They’re fairly common on blueberry bushes and while they don’t mean to harm your plants, they will weaken it over time. You can crush them by hand or use a small bucket of soapy water to wash them off.
They’re not harmful to people, though they may be a nuisance.
If your plant looks like this, the thrips are eating it!
Some helpful links to other sites:
Blueberry Bush Pictures – This is a great page that shows you the different types of blueberry bushes that exist.
How to grow blueberries – A guide on how to grow blueberries from planting to harvest. This is very similar to what I’ve told you here, except it has more details and things like that. It’s still a good guide even if you don’t want to grow them in your backyard!
The Joy of Blueberries – A really good guide on how to pick and choose which blueberry bush to grow. It’s a little hard to find what you’re looking for, but it’s still a very useful guide!
Thank you for taking the time to read this guide. I hope that you found it useful! Again, don’t forget to check out the other guides on my website!
Best of luck and happy growing!
Sources & references used in this article:
Effects of soil type and soil treatment on solubilization of 13 elements in the root zone and their absorption by blueberry bushes by K Matsuoka, N Moritsuka, S Kusaba… – The Horticulture …, 2018 – jstage.jst.go.jp
Effect of application date on absorption of 15nitrogen by highbush blueberry by PA Throop, EJ Hanson – Journal of the American Society for …, 1997 – journals.ashs.org
Fertigation vs. surface application of nitrogen during blueberry plant establishment by CE Finn, MR Warmund – VI International Symposium on Vaccinium …, 1996 – actahort.org