How to Plant Blueberries in Containers for Beginners
I knew I wanted to plant and grow lots of blueberries, but I also wanted to be able to take them with us when we move from this house, since it's kind of a placeholder home.
Also, as a family we eat a looooot of organic blueberries and the expense was adding up! We love their benefits: vitamin C, high in antioxidants, and good for the brain!
We decided to plant blueberries in containers. Then I read about different varieties and required chill hours, as well as flavor. I decided to go with Peach Sorbet (dwarf) and Spartan (can get big if in the ground) varieties. I went ahead and got larger sizes for a quicker yield. Having more than one variety really helps production because of cross-pollination.
Here's how we got our blueberries planted, and now we just wait & see how they do!
Choose your container. We chose this Better Homes & Gardens planter from Walmart, as it was very wide. They don't need super deep containers because their roots are fairly shallow, but spread wide so look for at least a 20" across container. Make sure they have a drainage hole or make one!
Choose a got container mixture. We chose an organic one from Costco. Afterwards I read some mixed reviews, so I'm hoping it does okay. At our garden center they also mentioned using a landscaping mix mixed with pine needles.
Dig your hole. Take your plant out of the container and lightly "fluff" or break up the roots with your fingers before placing it.
Fill with soil, lightly packing down to avoid air pockets. Leave the rootball slightly above the soil.
Amend the soil to be more acidic, which is what blueberries love. We used Espoma soil acidifier and followed the instructions on the bag.
Water in well, making sure there are no air pockets.
Mulch. We used pine needles found under trees that were close by.
Put in a place that gets plenty of sun and cross your fingers. Follow the instructions on the tag with your plant regarding watering.
Make sure to protect berries once they start to ripen with bird netting or a cage.
Pick and enjoy your delicious blueberries when they ripen! You did it!