Would you like to have fresh, healthful blueberries right at your fingertips for snacking on or using in recipes? You easily can, a blueberry bush is a perfect choice of berry plant to grow in a container garden. Start your container grown blueberry bush in February or March for a summer berry harvest.
How To Grow A Blueberry Bush In A Container
The first thing you will need is the right container. Choose a container that is at least two foot across and 20 inches or more deep. Put drainage holes in the bottom of the container if it does not already have them
Fill your container with a good quality acidic potting soil mix that contains peat moss and compost. The peat moss and compost provide water retention and food for the blueberry bush, both potting soil ingredients help keep the soil from compacting in the container as well. Blueberry bushes love acidic soil, so be sure to choose an acidic potting soil mix.
Talk with your local plant nursery expert for the type of blueberries that grow best in your region. As a rule of thumb, your local nursery will only carry plants that do well in particular area, but to get the inside information, talk with the nursery expert.
Purchase a blueberry bush that is 2-3 years old for a harvest of blueberries this year. Look for medium sized blueberry bush with healthy foliage and branches. With proper care, your blueberry bush will produce a crop of blueberries in four to five months. For summer harvest of blueberries, purchase and plant your blueberry bush in February or March.
Plant your blueberry bush in your prepared container at the same depth the bush was in in it's original container. Center the planting hole in the container, plant the blueberry bush and gently press down the potting soil to ensure that all of the blueberry bush's roots are in contact with the potting soil
Water in your blueberry bush well and place the container in a sunny location where the blueberry bush will receive at least five hours of sun each day. Feed with a water soluble, acidic plant food regularly and water between feedings, never allowing the container to completely dry out.
Your first crop of luscious, healthful blueberries should be ready to pick in four to five months, with a harvest season of about three weeks. Blueberries are ready to be harvested when they deep blue in color and easily pull loose from the blueberry bush.
Plant one or more, blueberries are easy to grow in a container garden.
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