Many people love the taste of sun-ripened blueberries in the summer. Depending upon where you live, you may not have the luxury of strolling down the lane and picking fresh blueberries or taking a trip into your lush garden to harvest these beauties. Your only option may be to take a trip to the local supermarket to purchase them, and these berries aren’t as full of flavor as home-grown. Grow blueberry bushes in pots, and enjoy fresh blueberries, no matter where you live.
Purchase a dwarf or miniature blueberry bush from a plant nursery. The bushes vary in price, according to their size.
Plant the dwarf/miniature blueberry bush in a large planting container to ensure the blueberry bush has enough room for both its roots and its foliage to expand over time. A mature blueberry will need a 20-inch pot. Use moisture-retaining potting soil to plant the dwarf blueberry bush in. Fruit-bearing bushes use much more water then other plants.
Place the blueberry bush's planting container in a sunny location where the bush can receive full sun for most of the day.
Water the dwarf blueberry bush, as needed, to keep the soil around the roots moist to the touch but never soaked. Too much water can lead to root rot, disease and fungus.
Fertilize the blueberry bush every other month using an organic fertilizer. Because you will be eating the berries from this plant, using organic fertilizer that is nontoxic is beneficial. You can purchase an organic fertilizer at garden specialty stores.
Protect your potted blueberry bush from the harsh winter temperatures by placing it into a heated greenhouse, if available. If not, cover the blueberry bush with burlap cloth and secure it loosely with yarn. Add a layer of straw around the bottom of the blueberry bush for extra insulation during the winter. Remove the yarn and burlap when time to fertilize in the spring arrives.
Things You Will Need
- Dwarf blueberry bush
- Large planting container
- Moisture-retaining potting soil
- Organic all-purpose fertilizer
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