In the autumn the bright reds of the blueberry foliage make an outstanding attraction to the garden. The colour changes from the fresh green, darkening to a deep red with bright red and pale yellow leaves intermingled.
For best results vaccinium should be grown in moist acidic soil so dig in ericaceous compost and feed regularly with ericaceous feed from March to September. They need a second plant to increase the crop of blueberries so it is worthwhile planting a couple of different varieties near to each other, the different varieties will crop at slightly different times so give you fresh blueberries for longer which will make the tastiest of muffins or add a few to your morning cereal.
They should be grown in a sunny position or partial shade. Ideally keep them sheltered from winds so that the autumn foliage remains on the plant for longer.
They do not normally suffer from pests and are very easy to grow. They are very hardy but lose their leaves over the winter.
Vaccinium can be grown together with rhododendrons and azaleas, the deciduous azaleas having good foliage to match. Alternatively they can be grown very well in a large pot.
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