The most popular berry plant is the Blueberry!
Where to plant, what soil is required and how to look after your Blueberry.
ALL berry plants enjoy full sun but are fine with some shade. If you do not have a full sun spot then a half day will also be okay as we do get very hot summer days in South Africa. This is one reason why it is a good idea to mulch with Pine Bark or Pine Needles.
They like a very acidic soil between PH 4.2 and 5.5.
Other common plants that require acidic soil are Magnolias, Azaleas, Hydrangeas and Camellias for example.
We advise and sell Lithuanian Peat Moss to add to a 30dm bag of Acid compost. It is so important to get your soil right before planting your Blueberry. Isn’t it worth the once off cost in order to be a successful Blueberry grower and picker?
Water daily on very hot days, decreasing to 3 times per week as the weather cools and only twice a week in winter should suffice.
Peat Moss helps to maintain the moisture in the soil, as well as the acidity and even assists with pests.
Mulch helps to keep the soil from drying out and also maintains the acidity in the soil.
Your Blueberry plant will be fully grown about 1.5mt high and 1 mt wide, in about 2-3 years when you will have a yield of between 4-7kgs.
If you add a small bag (1kg) of our rock dust this will make a huge difference to the quality of your fruit too.