Plant those berries now to prepare for a summer harvest

The Best Way To Store Berries So They Last As Long As Possible
Posted at 7:16 AM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 08:16:57-05

The middle of the winter may seem like a strange time to start dreaming about summer blueberries, but if you want the berries in the summer the perfect time to plant them is now.

Blueberries are very cold hardy so they're not going to get bothered by even the coldest of mornings in Louisiana, and planting them now gives them a head start on the brutal summer heat.

If you put them in the ground in December it gives them a little time to establish their roots without the stress of the heat, and when the summer arrives they can focus their energy on berry production instead of setting roots.

Since they've been naturalized they're accustomed to our rain patterns, the care on them is minimal (although an extra watering may be a good idea in the summer when they're are berries on the bush).

As we get into January and February look for new buds to arrive on the bush, and from there growth will start to take off as the days get longer.

If you've already got blueberries established then go through and prune them out, cutting out old cane at the base close to the ground.

So while we're a little ways away from the delicious plump blueberries we need to think about them now to get them for later.

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