Blueberries are fruits rich in antioxidants and vitamins, high in nutrition and especially good for your eyes. To add to the good news, we can actually plant this delicious fruit in any container and can conveniently move it around the garden.
Just like any other fruit-bearing plants, it is going to take quite some time but we all know it’s always worth the wait. This plant can produce fruit for years with little care, but we want to make it right from the start. With that being said, we can start with a bucket or any container.
You can start off with a small container, but it’s better to switch to a bigger one for long-term benefits.
It needs to be at least 18 inches deep with a diameter of about 11 inches. Deep and wide container like half-barrels would be a perfect choice too. Choose at least two or three blueberry plants for pollination.
It is advisable to choose two or three different varieties of blueberries that produce fruit at different times to extend your blueberry season.
The best time to grow blueberry plant is from fall to the spring, but potted plants can actually be planted all year round.
Blueberries grow on acidic soil with a pH of 4.5 to 5.5 to be able to produce berries. Most garden soil is not even close to this pH so you can buy or create an acidic blueberry-friendly potting soil when planting in a container.
The advantage of growing it in a container is that you have total control over the acidity of the soil.
Blueberries need full sun—about 6 to 8 hours per day. If you live in an area that gets very hot afternoon sun, beware so that the plants won’t get overheated. Blueberries are tough plants but it’s better to protect them during the cold season.
Blueberries would also love a lot of water but don’t like to be sitting in the water. With the use of sandy, well-draining soil, try to keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy.
The plant won’t need much water during winter but never let them dry out completely.
Blueberries don’t really favor too much fertilizer. Fertilizing twice a year in the early spring works well. You can opt for blood or cottonseed meal or an organic fertilizer designed for acid-loving plants to fertilize it.
You can expect a small amount of flowering on the plants in the second year and third year. After the fifth year, it would basically be enough for the whole family.
If it is managed properly, it was said that the blueberry plants can be maintained for 35 years!
Imagine endless blueberries supply for the next 35 years!
Credit: The Spruce