The Super Fruit – Blueberries
We’ve all heard how good blueberries are for our health. But this “super fruit” is becoming more and more popular, studies that demonstrate its many benefits multiply at a proportional speed and it is thanks to them that we can now discover exactly what the blueberries bring to our health and why we should consume them more often.
BLUEBERRIES PROVIDE NUMEROUS HEALTH BENEFITS, INCLUDING:
- Prevent damage to cholesterol in the blood.
- They protect brain function and prevent memory loss due to the high content of antioxidants.
- They are rich in nutrients but low in calories, since one cup provides 3.6 grams of dietary fiber, 24% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C and 36% of vitamin K.
- They have been found to lower blood pressure and decrease cardiovascular risk factors. One study has shown that daily intake of 50 grams of these fruits for 8 weeks led to a 4-6% drop in blood pressure.
- They are rich in antioxidants that prevent the signs of aging, DNA damage and cancer.
- One study has shown that daily consumption of cranberry juice reduced the effect of DNA damage by 20%.
Now you can grow an unlimited supply of these beneficial fruits at home, and this is how:
FIND THE RIGHT PLACE
Look for the perfect place for your blueberry bush, as you need a high-quality floor and plenty of sunlight. Sunlight will provide the necessary conditions for photosynthesis, which is vital for its growth, and the soil will support this process.
If you have a large garden, the raised beds are perfect, as the water will run through the floor, giving the necessary moisture. If you live in a flat, you should buy a yard container.
This shrub requires up to 6 feet of space to expand naturally. If you grow more shrubs, they should be at 2.5 to 3 feet apart in between.
THE SOWING PROCESS
In most countries of the world, it is best to plant blueberry in autumn or spring. Ruffle the roots with your hands, and lay it on the floor, add more soil around them, and clap down the top layer of soil. Then, water well, since it has low roots and needs to be hydrated.
The soil must be well drained. The ideal soil for this shrub is acidic, with a pH value of 5.0.
For best effects, use sawdust, but you can also use pine bark, bark mulch, acid trip or grass trim. Apply 2-4 crowns to preserve soil moisture and prevent weed growth.
Repeat this once a year, and remember not to use bark or sawdust from cedar or redwood tree.
When the shrub begins to thrive, begin pruning on a regular basis as it will allow the stronger branches to grow more vigorously and that will support the healthy growth of the plant.
This will support optimal growth of the blueberry bush and avoid over-fructification, so the fruits will remain large. When they appear, remove most of the blooms from the flowers. Dead branches should be removed using a pair of scissors or small clippers.
WHEN IT’S ABOUT THE POT OF THE BLUEBERRIES, REMEMBER.
– Remove low growths around the bottom of the shrub, clean dead wood, cut short or discolored branches, and clean half or one-third of the wood of the same.
You should always use organic fertilizers to avoid damage to the shrub. They also fertilize the plant for a longer time and are environmentally friendly and non-toxic
Choose the early spring season for fertilization, when the leaves are breaking from latency, and once again after the pruning process.
If they grow this way, shrubs live and produce for at least 4-5 decades. In addition, you can also try to plant at least two different varieties of fruits for cross-pollination to increase yield.
These tips will be of great help if you want to grow your own blueberry shrubs at home and enjoy the flavor and all the health benefits of these amazing fruits.