Growing Blueberries In Containers
Growing blueberries in containers is not as difficult as it sounds. Blueberries are actually one of the easiest fruits to grow in containers, in my opinion. They are hardy and very easy to grow. In addition to producing absolutely delicious fruit, they are also gorgeous plants, which makes them ideal for container gardening, because you can put them anywhere you want to add some striking beauty.
You should buy blueberry plants in the early spring for best results. You can usually find them as bare-root plants or in containers. If at all possible, always buy your plants in containers. Bare-root plants often suffer transplant shock when they are put into their new home soil, but plants in containers usually do not.
Blueberries do best in large, wooden containers. They will need at least a two by two by two foot container, and larger is better. They need a soil that holds a light amount of moisture for a long time, yet drains well enough not to be soggy.
This means you need to add peat moss to your soil, or buy a type of soil that is made for flowering bushes like rhododendrons or azaleas. Once the containers have the soil and blueberry bushes in them, they will be heavy, so try to pick a good spot for them before you fill them.
To transplant the bushes, fill the host container about half way with your soil. Remove the plant from its container, if there is one, and gently loosen the roots if they are compacted tightly together. Make sure not to loosen the root ball too much, it needs to stay as much intact as possible.
Place the plant in the container and fill the rest of the container with soil, leaving about 4 inches to the top of the container. Be sure the plant’s stem is not buried deeper in the new pot than it was in the original container. Finally, put a layer of bark or dry pine needles over the top of the soil to act as insulation for the roots.
Blueberries need to be watered often, but always make sure the soil is not soggy. You should keep the soil lightly damp at all time, but never over-water. Over-watering is quite damaging to blueberry plants. You should also fertilize every month with a fertilizer that is designed for flowering bushes (again, like rhododendrons and azaleas.)
You should prune the plants lightly every year in early spring, but they don’t need a lot of pruning. Just remove any scraggly looking branches or any parts of the plant that look abnormal or unhealthy.
You can tell when they are ready to harvest when most of the blueberries in a cluster turn dark blue. Taste one berry. If it is a bit too tart, wait another week and then harvest.
And that’s it! Blueberries are really that easy to raise!