Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

BLUE­BER­RIES: Th­ese de­li­cious deep blue berries which can be added to sum­mer pud­ding and other red fruit desserts are re­lated to the wild, moor­land bil­ber­ries, but form bushes rather than low, strag­gly plants.

Best plant­ing time is late au­tumn to early spring, al­though con­tainer-grown bushes can be planted at any time when the soil is work­able.

Blue­ber­ries thrive in well-drained, moist acid soil in a sunny, shel­tered po­si­tion and will grow to around 1.5m (5ft) high. You will have to be pa­tient as bushes do take a while to start fruit­ing. You should get some fruits sev­eral years af­ter plant­ing, but by the fourth or fifth year a bush should be pro­duc­ing up to 5lbs of the fruit a year from mid-sum­mer to mid-au­tumn, de­pend­ing on the type. Re­move the old­est branches in early spring when the bush is over three years old. Good va­ri­eties in­clude ‘Bluetta’ and ‘Blue­crop’.

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