How to Propogate Blueberry Plants

Overview

Blueberries are an all-American fruit, native to the eastern portion of North America. In fact, the state of Maine is the largest producer of wild blueberries in the world, according to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The blueberry plant generally bears fruit in May and June, and is easy to grow from cuttings. Be aware that although your cutting will root in about two months, it will not bear fruit for another two years.

Step 1

Remove a 6-inch hardwood stem from the blueberry plant. These are usually located toward the middle of the plant. Try to find a branch that has at least two leaf nodes (where the leaf joins the stem), and is growing upright. Cut at a 45-degree angle, right above a leaf node.

Step 2

Remove all leaves from the bottom third of the cutting.

Step 3

Mix together equal parts of perlite and peat moss, then pour the mixture into a pot and water well. Mix the soil around as you water to ensure uniform moisture and allow excess water to drain from the bottom of the pot.

Step 4

Dip the cut end of the cutting into the rooting hormone, about one inch, and tap on the side of the jar to remove any excess.

Step 5

With a pencil, poke a hole into the planting medium so that when you insert the cutting only one leaf node will be above the surface of the soil. Don't be afraid that you are planting it too deeply. Place the cutting in the hole and fill it in, pressing with your fingers to tamp it down.

Step 6

Place the potted cutting in an area that is somewhat shady. Mist the cutting daily and make sure the soil doesn't dry out.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening shears
  • Perlite
  • Peat moss
  • Planting pot
  • Water
  • Rooting hormone, formulated for hardwood cuttings
  • Pencil

References

  • Wild Blueberry
  • Propagating Highbush Blueberries
Keywords: propagating blueberries, taking hardwood cuttings, growing blueberries

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