How to Start Blueberry Bushes


The taste of fresh berries can be wonderful when used raw on cereals and ice cream, made into jellies and jams, or baked into pies and cobblers. The joy of having your own blueberry bushes can amplify the experience. Take the time in the beginning to start blueberry bushes in the best conditions to enjoy a fresh blueberry harvest.

Step 1

Purchase three to five plants for each member of the household. Plant in the early spring, but if you select the rabbit-eye variety, wait until late autumn or winter before planting.

Step 2

Prepare a hole 12 to 18 inches deep for each plant in a sunny location. Make sure the plants are spaced four to five feet apart to allow them to cross-pollinate,

Step 3

Set the plant in the hole so that the top level of the potting soil is level with the ground surface. Fill the hole in with compost or well-rotted manure to give the plants nutrients and help them retain moisture.

Step 4

Water the plants well for the first month and continue weekly watering as needed. Test the soil around the plant for dryness before adding water, and be cautious not to saturate the plants.

Step 5

Add a mulch of evergreen needles around the base of the plants to keep weeds away and help retain moisture. Blueberries prefer acidic soils, so as the mulch breaks down it will add to the acidity.

Step 6

Drape plant netting over the blueberry bushes once the flowers have fruit. This helps keep birds and other critters away. When the berries start to turn blue, remove the netting and pick the berries as they ripen.

Tips and Warnings

  • Blueberries don't grow well in hot, dry regions. With a greenhouse, though, blueberries can be grown in these regions, even the Southwest desert areas.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost or well-rotted manure
  • Evergreen needle mulch
  • Plant netting


  • Vegetable Gardening: Your ultimate guide; Robert J. Dolezal; 2000
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Writing from Virginia, Margaret Telsch-Williams specializes in personal finance, money management, gardening, crafts and sewing, cooking, DIY projects and travel. When not writing instructional articles online, she works for the website Widescreen Warrior as a contributor and podcast co-host discussing all things film and entertainment. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and a master's degree in writing.