Blueberry Growing Guide

Vaccinium corymbosum


Crop Rotation Group



Rich soil with compost dug in. Acidic pH of 5 to 5.5 required.


Sunny position.

Frost tolerant

Yes but cover if a severe frost is forecast.


May need potash (potassium) adding, particularly if the leaves start to brown at the edges.


Single Plants: 90cm (2' 11") each way (minimum)
Rows: 90cm (2' 11") with 90cm (2' 11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Can be planted anytime but should be protected from heat if planted in summer until established.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


After harvesting prune the bush back to five leaves on each side shoot and remove any dead or overcrowded branches to 'open up' the plant.


Harvest fruit when ripe.


In Australia fruit fly are a pest of blueberries, make sure to take appropriate control measures in areas where they are present. It is important to dispose of any infected fruit and fruit has fallen to the ground by placing them in a sealed plastic bag in the sun for at least 7 days to kill the eggs and larvae. Do not compost fruit as this will lead to the fruit fly completing their life cycle and lead to the problem recurring.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Blueberry