How to Plant a Blueberry Plant


Fresh blueberries hold a sweet, tart flavor that is unique to homegrown plants when compared to the blandness of store-bought berries. Taking care of your own blueberry plants isn't difficult as they require only basic care once established. To plant a blueberry plant you'll need space in your garden, yard, or field and plan to have three to five plants for each member of your household to get a good sized crop everyone can enjoy.

Step 1

Prepare the location of each plant by digging a hole 12 to 18 inches deep and a foot wide. For more than one plant, which is recommended, space your holes four feet apart with any rows also four feet apart.

Step 2

Remove half of the loosened soil from each hole and set aside either in a wheelbarrow or on a tarp to be reused elsewhere in the garden.

Step 3

Fill each hole with two to three inches of well-rotted manure or compost to increase the soil's moisture retention ability, followed by 2 to 2 inches of either evergreen needle compost or an acid planting mix.

Step 4

Turn the soil thoroughly in each hole to mix the layers together until the soil looks to be of a uniform consistency and evenly mixed. Pull some soil to the side to make room for the size of the pot your blueberry plants are in.

Step 5

Remove the pots from the blueberry plants and gently set them into the hole to bring the top of the root ball level with the ground surface. Fill in gaps with the soil mixture to hold the plant in place.

Step 6

Water the new plantings well to soak the roots and water heavily each week for the first four weeks to help the plant become established. After a month you only need to water the plant when your area isn't receiving enough rainfall or if the summer season is particularly hot.

Step 7

Mulch around the base of each plant with a two to three inch layer of an organic acid mulch such as pine needles to help keep moisture in and weeds out.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Tape measure
  • Wheelbarrow or tarp
  • Well-rotted manure or compost
  • Evergreen needle compost or acid planting mix
  • Blueberry plants
  • Water
  • Pine needles or other organic acid mulch


  • "Vegetable Gardening: Your ultimate guide"; Robert J. Dolezal; 2000
  • "Growing Fruit and Vegetables;" Richard Bird; 2003
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