Great information on Growing Blueberries

by Maria O. Campos
(7 Ashland Tr., Chester, NJ 07930)

I have learned a lot. Your information is very detailed and informative.

I live in the U.S. and the Algarve, Portugal,(Retired). I have about three acres of sandy, well-drained land with some very old almond trees, and would like to make it productable. Planting blueberries is one of my choices.

My biggest concern is, will the blueberries endure the hot dry summer, even if I have water drip irrigation? The winters here are mild with lots of rain, however I am on a hill, so there is no water accumulation.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much,

Sincerely,

Maria O. Campos

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Growing Blueberries in Warm Climates
by: Countryfarm Lifestyles

When growing blueberries successfully you really need to look at the climatic conditions and choosing the correct variety.

If you already have almonds growing on your property, that means that you have a Mediterranean climate. The climate is characterized by warm to hot, dry summers and mild to cool, wet winters. One of the main areas where almonds are grown in the USA is California, as this is the ideal climate for these nuts.

To grow blueberries in a similar climate you really need to grow a southern highbush variety rather than the northern bush varieties.

Southmoon and the O'Neal are examples of blueberries that has been successfully grown in a Californian climate. They are southern highbush blueberries that are low chill varieties that will also take the hot summers.

Another variety of blueberry that is suitable to warmer climates is the rabbiteye. Rabbiteye blueberries are more vigorous and easier to care for than most southern highbush varieties. They are more drought tolerant than southern highbush blueberries and can grow in soils that aren't rich in organic matter.

Only choose varieties to suit your local climate, and I suggest that before you buy them, discuss what grows best in your area with your local nurseryman.


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