How to Plant Blueberry Bushes in Containers


Because blueberry bushes need special growing conditions such as evenly moist acidic soil and good drainage, they can be difficult to grow in containers. However, by choosing the right varieties to grow and providing the right conditions, anyone can successfully grow blueberry bushes in containers.

How to Plant Blueberry Plants in Containers

Step 1

Provide as large a container as possible that has drainage holes in the bottom. Wooden or ceramic containers work best because plastic containers heat up in summer, creating fungal problems in damp soil.

Step 2

Arrange container in a location that receives at least six hours of sun per day.

Step 3

Plant blueberry plant in container at same level it was previously planted in nursery pot or ground.

Step 4

Back fill with potting soil appropriate for acid-loving plants like azaleas or camellias while slowly adding water to prevent air pockets from forming around roots.

Step 5

Cover soil surface in pot with an acidic mulch such as pine needles, pine bark or peat moss.

Tips and Warnings

  • Protect your blueberry plant's roots in areas where the pot and roots can freeze solid by covering the pot with an insulating material in winter.

Things You'll Need

  • Correct variety of blueberry plant for container
  • Potting soil
  • Large container
  • Acidic mulch
  • Water


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About this Author

Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.