How to Plant Blueberry Pots

These berries are regarded as superfoods because they're high in vitamins and antioxidants. Here's how to grow blueberries in containers.
Beautiful Ripe Blueberry Bunch

Beautiful Ripe Blueberry Bunch

Blueberries grow in clumps, as seen here. The blueberry plant favors acidic soil and grows thick, sturdy stems.

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Blueberries grow in clumps, as seen here. The blueberry plant favors acidic soil and grows thick, sturdy stems.

When to Plant: mid-autumn
At Their Best: summer
Time to Complete: 1 1/2 hours

Materials Needed:

  • two blueberry plants
  • two large pots
  • broken clay pot pieces
  • soil mix and fertilizer for acid-loving plants
  • mulch, such as bark chippings
  • rainwater

Plant in Large Pots

Place broken clay pieces in the base of each large pot and part-fill with soil mix. Plant the blueberry plants at the same depth as they were in their original pots, and fill in around the root balls with more soil, to within 2 inches of the rim.

Blueberry Plants in Containers

Blueberry Plants in Containers

Blueberry plants can be successfully grown in garden containers. Adding broken clay pieces to soil with help with the plant's drainage.

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Add Fertilizer

To ensure a good crop, add fertilizer to the soil, following the instructions on the package. Most slow-release fertilizers last for a limited period, so reapply as specified.

Add Ericaceous Fertilizer to Blueberry Plant

Add Ericaceous Fertilizer to Blueberry Plant

To ensure good blueberry crops, add a slow release ericaceous fertilizer to the soil.

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Water and Mulch

Because tap water sometime tends to be neutral or alkaline, use rainwater to water the plant thoroughly. Then place a mulch of bark chippings over the soil to help retain moisture. Water daily with rainwater. The berries will ripen over a few weeks; pick as required.

If you live in a region that's colder than USDA Zone 6, heel your pots into the ground to overwinter.

Watering Blueberry Plant in Pot

Watering Blueberry Plant in Pot

To produce vibrant blueberries, use rainwater. Spread bark chip mulch over the soil of the plant to preserve moisture.

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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