Bleuets Blueberries Arándanos Blaubeeren
Soil :Rich soil with compost dug in. Acidic pH of 5 to 5.5 required.
Position : Sunny position.
Frost tolerant : Yes but cover if a severe frost is forecast.
Helped by: oak trees, pine trees, strawberries, clover, bay laurel, dewberries, yarrow
Sow and Plant :Plant in mid-fall or early winter when it’s not too cold for a little root growth to help them establish.
Spacing :Single Plants: 2′ 11″ (90cm) each way; Rows: 2′ 11″ (90cm) with 2′ 11″ (90cm) row gap
Feeding : May need potash (potassium) adding, particularly if the leaves start to brown at the edges.
Harvesting :Harvest fruit when ripe.
Time to harvest: days
Notes : Pine and oak trees create the acidic soil blueberries need. Strawberries and dewberries create healthy ground cover, clover fixes nitrogen for the blueberries’ high needs, yarrow and bay laurel repel unhealthy insects. Each of the herbal companions listed also like the acidic soil the blueberry plant needs.
After harvesting prune the bush back to five leaves on each side shoot and remove any dead or overcrowded branches to ‘open up’ the plant.