Growing Blueberries

Growing Blueberries

Blueberries are a species that come under the genus Vaccinium which includes around 450 evergreen and deciduous shrubs. There are three varieties in the blueberry species; Highbush, Lowbush (wild) and Rabbiteye. Highbush varieties can be broken down into either Southern Highbush or Northern Highbush. Lowbush blueberries are not generally found in Australia.

Climate

Different varieties of blueberries can be grown in different locations. Factors to take into account when growing blueberries include climate, soil conditions, rainfall patterns and frost exposure. To determine which variety is best for your area, it is vital to understand how many chill hours are necessary for the plant to produce fruit.

Plants for Your Garden

If you wish to grow blueberries, there are three different varieties to choose from. Selecting a variety and cultivar should be based on the climate and soil at your own specific location. In Australia there are three types of blueberry varieties; Southern Highbush, Northern Highbush and Rabbiteye.

So You Want To Grow Blueberries In Your Own Backyard?

Blueberries are an attractive addition to any garden particularly when flowering with the delicate bell shaped white or light pink buds giving off a sweet smelling aroma – this attracts the bees that help pollination. The plants are quite easy to maintain and can be grown in the ground or kept in pots.