Blueberries are one of the most popular soft fruits on the market – and one of the most expensive. Yet blueberries are easy to grow and fruit specialists are constantly expanding their selections to include easy varieties for gardeners.

How to grow your own blueberries

Markus Kobelt, founder of specialist fruit grower Lubera, offers the following growing guide:


Where should you plant them and in what soil?

Grow them in acid soil (Thinkstock/PA)
Grow them in acid soil (Thinkstock/PA)

All blueberries need a well-drained, acidic soil and can be planted in either the partial shade or full sun in a sheltered spot. Use a fertiliser to keep the pH low or help reduce it.

Can you grow them in containers?

Grow blueberries in pots (Lubera/PA)
Grow blueberries in pots (Lubera/PA)

Yes. If growing in a container, use one 30cm in diameter for young plants, then move into a 45-50cm one when the plants start to get too big for the earlier pot.

The blueberry ‘Little Blue Wonder’ is one of the most compact blueberries at only 50cm high. This variety is perfect for dense area plantings or as an underplanting.

How important is pruning?

Pruning blueberries (Lubera/PA)
Pruning blueberries (Lubera/PA)

Pruning for rejuvenation and renewal of growth is important. If you don’t prune them, they will become woody. So cut out old shoots that have already fruited as low as possible to a stub to stimulate new growth at least every two to three years.

Are there different coloured blueberries?

Blueberry 'Pink Lemonade' (Lubera/PA)
Blueberry ‘Pink Lemonade’ (Lubera/PA)

Did you know you can get pink blueberries? ‘Pink Lemonade’ is a beautiful pink blueberry and planting another genetically related blueberry next to it works wonders. The latest blueberry variety Buddy Blue, which belongs to the so-called Rabbiteye group of blueberries, has shown the best results – together they are dynamite!

Moreberries 'Pink & Blue' (Lubera/PA)
Moreberries ‘Pink & Blue’ (Lubera/PA)

You can even buy the two varieties together in one pot for maximum pollination. The Moreberries ‘Pink & Blueberries’ gives you not just the combination of two flavours, but a visual joy in the garden and on the plate, when they ripen consecutively so that you can enjoy delicious berries until well into October.

Read more: Blueberry health benefits – how to eat more blueberries to lower blood pressure.



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