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Blueberry Duke: description of the variety, basic information and secrets of care


Many delicious berries that were previously found exclusively in forests can already be found in any garden. Scientists - gardeners have worked hard and developed varieties that are resistant to both high temperatures and low temperatures.

The varieties that migrated to us directly from the wild include blueberries, which can be increasingly found in gardens, dachas, or in personal plots. The popularity that Duke blueberry is rapidly gaining is not surprising. The berries are not only tasty, but also have a lot of medicinal properties.

Content:

  • Description of the plant, and its beneficial properties
  • A little about berries
  • Rules for planting and caring for blueberries

Description of the plant, and its beneficial properties

Thanks to the hard work of breeders, blueberry bushes are larger and more luxuriant, and the berries themselves are larger than their wild counterparts. On average, the height of the bush is 1.5 meters, but in some cases they can be two meters in height.

The shoots of the plant stretch up, but do not branch very much, and this may resemble currants or gooseberries. Thanks to this structure, the berries receive uniform sunlight, they ripen perfectly on the branches. There is no need to thin out the bushes. The blueberry begins to bloom in early May.

At this time, it is difficult to assume that the bush is not decorative, but bears fruit with berries. The bloom is very beautiful: the shape of the flower is very similar to a small pale pink bell, exuding a wonderful aroma.

In addition to young green leaves, it looks very beautiful. Frosts usually occur during flowering of fruit trees and bushes. In this case, the plant drops its color, and you will not be able to wait for the harvest this year. But the Duke blueberry variety is not afraid of sudden changes in temperature, it endures all the hardships of nature, and still bears fruit.

As for the leaves of the shrub, they have a beautiful shape, and look especially impressive in the fall, acquiring a bright crimson color. Thus, the blueberry bush will come in handy not only in the summer, during the harvest, but also in the spring and autumn as an ornamental plant that will decorate your yard or summer cottage.

A little about berries

Now let's talk about the berries for which this variety is so famous. The berries are fully ripe by mid-July, at the height of the hot summer. They are round in shape and about 2 cm in diameter, which makes them quite large sales.

The berries are quite juicy and at first glance resemble blueberries. Picking up the fruits will not be any trouble - they come off easily, thanks to the dense skin, they are not crushed. If, after picking, the skin of the berry remains intact, then the berries can be stored for a long time in the refrigerator.

In this case, the fruits acquire a pleasant sweet note, which makes the blueberries even tastier. Another fun way to save blueberries until next season is to freeze them. To do this, rinse the berries, dry them, distribute them into several bags. There should be as many berries in the bag as you need for 1 meal.

Then just close the bags tightly, first letting out excess air, and place them in the refrigerator. If you followed all the rules for caring for the plant, then 4-6 kg of berries can be harvested from one bush, and in some cases the yield reaches 8 kg.

Rules for planting and caring for blueberries

In order for the Duke blueberry bushes to delight you with a large number of sweet berries as much as possible, you need to follow a few simple rules that relate to planting a bush and caring for it.

One of the most common mistakes gardeners make when planting is planting shrubs in shady, wet areas. Such a myth follows from the natural birthplace of the bushes - b marshland. But, after careful work of breeders, Duke blueberry fell in love with the sun very much.

For planting, it is better to choose an area that is well lit by the sun, but there are no drafts on it. The soil for blueberries should be light and acidic. These include sandstones and peat bogs. It is best if the acidity of the earth is 3.5-5 Ph

If the soil is not acidic enough, you can artificially acidify the situation. Take any acid and dilute 20-30 grams in a bucket of clean water. At the same time, you can not fill in all the soil in the area, but only a hole in which the plant will be planted. Blueberry Duke is very fond of water, so you should make sure that moisture is supplied regularly and in the right amount.

Overfilling will also not be beneficial, and can lead to decay of the root system. Also, do not forget about feeding the plant. For this, it is best to use nitrogen fertilizers, in combination with phosphorus and potassium.

Duke blueberries can be found more and more often in ordinary gardens or in backyard plots. In fact, this plant is not whimsical at all, and if you adhere to a few simple rules, then it will give you large and tasty berries.

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