How to Plant Blueberries in Tennessee

Overview

Growing blueberries in a home garden can provide an excellent fruit source for pies, syrups and jellies, and also can make for a great summer snack. As a bonus, blueberry plants give a nice splash of color to many gardens and landscaped beds. The Tennessee climate is suitable for growing blueberries, but getting the plants to take root and become established requires patience. It will take three to five years after planting to be able to harvest the fruit from the plants.

Planting

Step 1

Kill weeds or other vegetation in the blueberry planting bed by tilling the soil or applying herbicides.Use an herbicide approved for use with blueberry plants, such as one containing glyphosphate, and carefully follow recommendations with regard to how much to apply. If possible, prepare the bed the summer before planting. Failing that, allow at least a month before planting.

Step 2

Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the plant's entire root system.

Step 3

Place the plant in the hole, taking care to ensure the roots are not crowded. If they are, dig a larger hole.

Step 4

Mix 2 gallons of wet peat or other organic material into the soil.

Step 5

Firmly pack down the soil-organic material mix so that no air bubbles remain.

Step 6

Remove any flower buds from the plants to better allow the roots to become established.

Step 7

Thoroughly water the plants.

Step 8

Place 6 inches of sawdust mulch around the plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Rototiller (optional)
  • Herbicide (optional)
  • Shovel or trowel
  • Peat or other organic material
  • Sawdust mulch

References

  • University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service: Blueberries in Home Gardens
  • Farm Info: Growing blueberries
  • Herbicide Recommendations for Blueberries
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