How to Cover Blueberry Bushes

Overview

Tricky to grow, blueberry bushes don't normally produce fruit for the first two years. Plant these bushes in acidic, sandy soil away from hills or woods, which often bring in colder air. The average growing season for blueberry bushes is 160 days. Frosts in late spring or early fall can damage the flowers and greatly reduce the fruit yield. This is why it is vital to cover your blueberry bush if temperatures drop to below 28 degrees F. Temperature below -20 degrees F will severely damage or kill the flower buds and branches.

Step 1

Buy a sheet or frost cloth large enough to cover blueberry bushes all the way to the ground.

Step 2

Place a thermometer by your bushes so you can monitor the temperature.

Step 3

Gently drape the sheet or frost cloth over the blueberry bush. Make sure there are no gaps where heat can escape.

Step 4

Uncover the blueberry bush during the day when the temperature has warmed up to over 28 degrees F.

Tips and Warnings

  • Failure to uncover the blueberry bush when temperature has warmed up may result in the bush overheating and dying.

Things You'll Need

  • Thermometer
  • Frost cloth or sheet
  • Rocks, bricks or other heavy objects

References

  • Michigan State University Extension: Hints On Growing Blueberries
  • University of Arizona: Frost Protection
  • NC State University: Blueberry Freeze Damage and Protection Measures
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Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.