Growing blueberries in pots can be a rewarding experience, and with careful planning, continuous monitoring and adaptation to changing conditions, you can expect a bountiful harvest of delicious and nutritious berries. Consulting with local experienced growers in your area can also provide valuable insights and guidance.
Here are some tips to consider:
Site Selection: Choose a location with well-drained, acidic soil and good air circulation. Place the pots in a spot that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. Blueberries thrive in full sun but can tolerate partial shade.
Variety Selection: Select blueberry varieties that are suited for your region and market demand. Consider factors like yield, disease resistance, and taste. Be sure to choose a blueberry variety suited for container gardening, usually compact or dwarf varieties.
Soil Preparation: Test and amend the soil to ensure it has a pH between 4.5 and 5.5. Blueberries grow well in Sphagnum Peat because it has an ideal pH level.
Blueberry Pots: Our 25L and 35L berry pots offer the best drainage with their high side holes which provides maximum oxygenation to the roots and elevation off the ground prevents the plants from getting too cold or wet.
Irrigation: Provide consistent moisture, especially during the growing season. Our dripper irrigation with controlled flow adjustment are the preferred method to avoid over-wetting the foliage, which can lead to diseases. Blueberries prefer slightly damp soil and never waterlogged.
Pruning: Regularly prune blueberry bushes to remove dead wood or overcrowded branches while encouraging new growth and improving airflow. Pruning can also help maximize yield and fruit quality. We recommend our range of pruning tools, including the ARS Curved Nose Snips.
Fertilisation: Apply fertilisers based on soil test recommendations. Generally, they require higher levels of acid-forming nutrients like nitrogen. Use a slow-release, acid-forming fertiliser specifically formulated for blueberries. Follow the package instructions for application. Sphagnum Peat is a good option.
Pest and Disease Control: Implement pest management practices to control pests and diseases. Regular monitoring, using biological controls, and applying our best-practice fungicides and insecticides when necessary (our team can provide advice on the right product). Keep an eye out for pests like aphids and mites, as well as diseases like powdery mildew. Regularly inspect your plants and take appropriate measures if you spot any issues.
Protection: Keep blueberry plants safe from birds and other animals by installing bird netting over the bushes. In regions with harsh winters, protect plants from cold temperatures using mulching and suitable windbreak fabrics.
Harvesting: Blueberries are ready for harvest when they are fully ripe and easy to remove from the stem, they usually change colour from green to blue. Handle harvested berries carefully to prevent damage. Cool them quickly to extend shelf life.
Pollination: Most blueberry varieties are self-pollinating, but having multiple plants can improve yield. If space allows, consider planting two different varieties for cross-pollination.
Marketing and Sales: Packaging and branding will play a key role in attracting customers and help establish relationships with buyers, local markets, and even supermarkets and wholesalers.
This How-To Guide provides basic information only and we recommend you have a chat with our knowledgeable sales team who can help with any questions you may have.
We look forward to helping!