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are related to azaleas, camelias, heathers, and rhododendrons
are native to North America
The Native Americans used the fruit both fresh and dried
USDA breeding programs led by Frederick Coville began in the early 1900's
top 3 producing states are Michigan, New Jersey, and Oregon
1/2 cup of blueberries has only 42 calories
have more antioxidants than most other fruits and vegetables
are becoming more popular than ever!
Growing Your Own
Blueberries are more productive if cross-pollinated, so plant more than one plant.
Plant in early spring in well-drained soil, in full sun.
Soil should have high organic content, add peat or compost to planting hole, pH of 4.5-5.0.
Mulch no deeper than 3" to prevent weeds.
Fertilize once plants have established themselves in late spring: 1st year 1oz. (30g) per plant, 2nd year 4oz. (120g), add 1oz. (30g) each year after initial planting. You can add 1/2 the yearly amount at bloom and the other half 4-6 weeks later.
Prune - 1st two years remove the flowers so plants develop a solid root system. Year 3 begin to remove older canes. Late winter/early spring are the best pruning times.