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Blueberries

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You can plant blueberries from late autumn to late winter, in their dormant period. If you will plant them in your garden space bushes 1.5 cm apart and cover the roots with 2.5-5 cm of soil and mulch with acid compost or leaf mold. To maintain soil acidity keep plants mulched with acid compost and water them with rainwater.

The fruits will ripen over a period of few weeks so make sure you only harvest the ripe fruits. They may be stored for later use by preserving, bottling or freezing. Their flavor is enriched by cooking or preserving.

Blueberries can be propagated by softwood cuttings taken in mid summer. Select suitable softwood branches and take cuttings of 10-15 cm long cutting just above a leaf joint. Trim the base of of each cutting just below a node and remove the leaves from the lower third of the cuttings. Dip them in hormone rooting powder and then insert them in an acidic sand rooting medium. Make holes with a dibber and insert each cutting so that the basal leaves are just above the compost. Water them well and place the pot in a propagator until rooted. After rooting, transplant them in larger, individual pots. Harden them of before planting out.

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