Blueberries bring a unique combination of delicious fruit and striking beauty to a garden. Being relatively easy to grow (given the right conditions), they make a great choice for gardeners looking to grow fruit. Today we’ll be looking at how you can start growing blueberries in pots in your home or on a balcony.
Blueberries also make an excellent outdoor plant for the summer or in warmer climates. Many of these same tips will apply to the outdoor gardener as well, or for those who move them to pots indoors for the winter.
One interesting aspect of blueberries is that they prefer acidic soil. There are many specialty made soils for blueberries (and other acidic loving plants) that make getting the right PH level easy. You can also incorporate something like peat moss into the soil to help get the right level as well.
Do not attempt to plant them in a standard potting soil or you’ll likely end up with less than ideal plants. This will also negatively affect their ability to bear healthy fruit.
Like most other fruits, blueberries grow best when getting a full 6-8 hours of sunlight per day. If indoors, placing them in front of a window that gets southern exposure is usually the best bet. A good grow light can also be used to substitute.
Ample light is absolutely crucial if you wish for the plant to bear fruit. Take care to plant its location beforehand or be prepared to set up alternative means of lighting.
Blueberries need ample water to grow properly. Under-watered blueberries will not produce fruit and will likely appear sickly.
Every few days, check to ensure that the top few inches of soil are moist, but not soggy. If it’s dry, give it a bit of water, then check again in a few days. It’s very important not to let the soil go dry, so be diligent in checking.
Fertilizer and Pollination
This plant is pretty hardy and doesn’t require much fertilization. Fertilizing twice a year is generally a good rule of thumb. Once in the spring, and again in the fall. Using a fertilizer specifically designed for fruits or berries is a good choice to prevent over-fertalizing.
If growing blueberries indoors, it’s a good idea to grow two sets of them side by side. This helps ensure proper pollination, which in turn leads to more berries!
There are several different kinds of blueberry plants, but the majority like several months of cooler temperatures. This gives them a few months to go dormant, after which they are come back into a full bloom.
In the winter this may mean keeping them in a room that’s a bit colder. In some cases, blueberries need closer to freezing temperatures, so moving them to an garage or similar is perfectly fine.
Growing blueberries can be a rewarding and tasty experience. Hopefully these tips have helped to get started on the right path to growing your own delicious fruits!