Blueberry Container Planting

Overview

Fresh blueberries are a treat that are not only packed with good taste, but they are also loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are essential to good health. If you would like to grow your own blueberries, but don't have a yard or room to plant a blueberry bush, you can easily grow them in a container. Be aware that even in a container you need to have a little extra room, as blueberry plant containers will be a bit larger than other plant containers.

Step 1

Select a large container for planting your blueberry bushes. The absolute minimum size should be 2x2x2 feet, and the larger you can go, the better. The container needs to have several drainage holes in the bottom.

Step 2

Purchase a piece of screen at a hardware store, and cut it to fit the bottom of your container. This will allow for drainage, but prevent soil from washing away.

Step 3

Select a potting soil that is designed for azaleas or rhododendrons. You will be able to find this in a home and garden center or plant nursery.

Step 4

Fill your container two-thirds full with the potting soil, and pack it down. Due to the fact that a filled container may be difficult to move, you should fill it where you plan to keep it. When selecting a site for the container, remember blueberries love full sun.

Step 5

Remove the blueberry plant from its container or wrapping, and gently loosen the roots as much as possible, without damaging them. If the blueberry plant is being removed from another pot, only plant it as deep as it was in the original container. Put more soil in the container before setting the plant down, if it is too deep.

Step 6

Cover the blueberry plant roots with soil, and tap it down firmly. There should be approximately 4 inches of soil on top of the plant's root ball.

Step 7

Water thoroughly so that the soil is moist, but not soaking wet.

Step 8

Cover the soil with mulch to help seal in the moisture. A good mulch to use for blueberry plants is pine needles or bark chips.

Step 9

Fertilize once a month with a fertilizer designed for rhododendrons or azaleas. Follow package directions for specific amounts, based on the size of your container.

Tips and Warnings

  • Blueberry plants in containers should not be exposed to temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, as there is not as much soil protecting the roots from damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Large container
  • Screen to fit bottom of container
  • Potting soil (designed for rhododendron or azaleas)
  • Water
  • Fertilizer (designed for azaleas)

References

  • Container Gardening Tips: Growing Blueberries in Containers
  • Organic Gardening Articles Directory: Growing Blueberries in Containers
  • University of Nebraska at Lincoln Extension: Growing Blueberries
  • Dave Wilson Nursery: Blueberries in Containers
Keywords: container blueberries, blueberries in pots, planting potted blueberries

About this Author

A freelance writer for more than 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.