Continue to fertilise blueberries as they are forming during Spring to get a delicious and bountiful harvest.
Blueberries need an acidic fertiliser for the best results. Liquid feed with an acid-loving fertiliser Searles Flourish Azalea & Camellia Soluble Plant Food to help these beauties perform their best.
The bushes can grow to approximately 2m high, which means that they are an ideal fit for sunny areas in smaller gardens and container planting. Similar to azaleas, blueberry bushes are part of the Ericaceae family and get the best results in well-drained, slightly acidic soil. If you plant the bushes into the ground, mix Searles Azalea, Camellia & Gardenia Specialty Mix into the soil – but this mix can also be used when planting in pots! After planting blueberry bushes, add a top layer of mulch over the soil. This will protect their shallow roots from the extremes of weather. The best time to plant blueberries is between late autumn and spring, for spring flowering and fruiting. Typically, you can get potted blueberries in garden centres all year round.
Blueberries love warm days and cooler nights. Depending on where you are in Australia, the bushes will form white belled shaped flowers in spring, and then a month or two later the flowers wither and the fruit appears. Generally speaking, blueberry bushes flower earlier in Queensland and Northern NSW, compared to their southern states. It’s time to harvest the fruit when it turns to a deep dark blue colour and it easily comes off the tree, with just a light pull. You should have a healthy supply of berries for many months, as a blueberry bush flowers at different times during its flowering season.