How to Transplant Blueberries

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Blueberry bushes can be transplanted in the late winter or early spring, and trimming back one-third of the root system will encourage new growth for more berry production the following year. Transplant a blueberry bush into a well-drained area with... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this section we're going to talk about how to plant a blueberry or how to plant blueberry bushes. Now blueberries are one of the delights of any garden and they produce wonderful berries in the fall, the late summer even, and they just are delight whether you freeze them or you eat them fresh, they're one of the favorite fruits of all time. So when you're planting a blueberry bush, it's just like a little fruit tree in a way, it's just a small bush that has a root. And you want to give it lots of room. So whether you've got a small start or a large start, you want to first of all what I've done if you get it in a pot, is I break away all the dirt from the roots because you want to give the roots a chance to grow again and you want to get new growth. And a lot of times you can even trim the bottoms parts of the root, maybe one third off and that will encourage new growth and new growth will mean more berries the next year. And you don't want it to be too tall either so it's good to trim it down just a bit when you're starting a new plant so that it can get lots of new growth. And the best time to do that is in the winter or early spring so it gets lots of rain and lots of time to establish itself for the next year. Because if you move or plant a blueberry bush in the middle in the heat of the summer, sometimes if it dries out, you'll lose it and it's dormant time is in the winter so it will go through so much shock if you transplant it in the winter. Make sure you use good composted earthy soil because they need lots of drainage, they don't want to sit in water. A lot of times raising the bed a little bit too with your blueberries will give it a lot more room to dry out in between and it will get a lot more air to the roots. And again, use composted material and plant it never too far up the actual stock of the blueberry bush because you don't want to plant it right at the root line, you don't want to cover the stock because it will suffocate the plant. By just following a few simple rules and making sure your hole's a little bit bigger like if it's a one foot round root, you want to make a two to three foot round hole so that it's got a lot of earthly material to grow into. And then that way you can enjoy your blueberries that summer.