When we think summer, we think blooming flowers and blueberry pancakes! Rather than paying almost five dollars for a small container of blueberries at the grocery store that are potentially covered in chemicals and pesticides, come by Autumn Hill Nursery in Woodstock, GA and pick out some blueberries to grow in your backyard or in pots on your patio.

Blueberries in North Georgia

Rabbiteye blueberries are native to our area. They come in several varieties, and you must have two different varieties to cross-pollinate and produce fruit, though three varieties are recommended for maximum fruit production. Even in their first years, blueberry bushes will produce fruit and as they grow older their production will increase. At their six year mark, each bush can produce up to two gallons of fruit. That amount of blueberries can keep you sustained all summer long, and into the fall and winter if you preserve them!

Climate, Soil, and Blueberry Fertilization

Blueberries like their soil pH slightly acidic – between 4.0-5.5. Because blueberries do not grow deep roots, they are mostly close to the surface, the bushes benefit from consistent moisture and heavy mulching. When you are ready to plant your blueberries, dig a hole about 10-12 inches deep, and 30 inches wide. Position the bushes 6′ apart and back fill the hole with 1 part Complete Landscape Mix, 1 part Mushroom Compost, and 1 part existing soil. Also, sprinkle on some Cotton Seed Meal Fertilizer at a rate of 2 cups per bush. Water each plant well, and watch them grow!

Blueberry Alternatives

There are some varieties of blueberries that do not require cross pollination. If you don’t want a whole grove of blueberries, go with a dwarf blueberry like the Peach Sorbet or Jelly Bean. They only get about 1-2′ tall and wide and are perfect for planting in a container on your patio for a handful of blueberries with your morning yogurt.

Come by either of our nurseries in Canton or Hickory Flat and browse our selection of blueberries for your garden. You’ll have fruit in no time!

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