Blueberries are self fertile, meaning that it is not necessary to have more than one blueberry plant to grow blueberries. However, when growing blueberries, it is best to have two plants or more as this will produce a bigger yield through cross pollination.
Blueberry plants can be subdivided into three groups based on when they fruit:
Early – Late June & July
Mid Season – Late July & August
Late – August & September
If you have space, go for a selection of varieties to cover the summer period, both to give you a longer harvest but also to maximise the yield.
Blueberries are not only grown for their fruit. In spring, they produce beautiful blossom, and in autumn their leaves turn spectacular orange and red colours.
Blueberries prefer an ericaceous soil but will grow in all soil types. They also perform very well in pots. Look for smaller varieties with less vigorous growth.
A recent innovation is the advent of pink blueberries. You may also want to select later season varieties that form bigger fruit. Blueberry plants are tough, cold resistant plants, that are capable of providing fruit for thirty years or more.