How to Transplant a Blueberry Bush


Blueberries are easy to grow in your garden, providing an abundant supply of fruit rich in antioxidants. Blueberry bushes are also easy to transplant if you need to move them. Transplanting should be done in the fall after the first frost.

Step 1

Test the soil where you have chosen to transplant the blueberry bush. These plants prefer acidic soil; if necessary, add peat moss or acidic fertilizer before planting. The pH balance for blueberries is between 4.5 and 5. The fertilizer package directions will tell you how much to use to obtain this balance.

Step 2

Dig a hole for the bush in a site that will receive six to eight hours of sun a day. The hole should be approximately 12 inches wide and 12 inches deep. Remove any rocks or debris from the hole. Add peat moss and fertilizer to some of the loose soil you removed, then replace the mixture until the hole is approximately 3/4 full. Blueberry bushes need loose soil when they are transplanted to enable the network of small roots to get established.

Step 3

Dig approximately 1 foot away from the base of the plant to avoid damaging the roots. Blueberry roots grow close to the surface, so you will be able to see if you should be digging farther away from the plant. Dig until you are sure you are under the root ball, then lift the plant with the shovel under the ball. You may need help with this step if your blueberry bush is large.

Step 4

Place the blueberry bush in the new hole at the same level it was in the previous location. If necessary, add more soil or remove some to maintain the level of planting. Replace soil around the root ball and pack it tightly to remove air pockets.

Step 5

Water thoroughly so the root ball is saturated. Add mulch around the base of the plant to hold moisture and to protect the roots in winter. Apply 1 to 2 inches of water per week until the plant is established.

Things You'll Need

  • Soil test kit
  • Peat moss or acidic soil fertilizer
  • Shovel
  • Mulch


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Who Can Help

  • GardenWise
Keywords: blueberry bush, transplanting, growing blueberries

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Cathy McClellan has five years' experience in newsprint as an assistant editor and is a freelance writer. She has 20 years' experience working in the medical field and is currently licensed as a Texas Insurance Representative. She also has many years in home improvement and gardening.