Yes, blueberries can be successfully grown in containers, which makes them a great option for those with limited outdoor space. The key is to choose a large enough container and provide the right growing conditions.
It’s important to note that blueberries grown in containers may require more frequent fertilization and watering than those grown in the ground. Also, be sure to prune the plant regularly to maintain its shape and encourage new growth.
Overall, growing blueberries in containers is a great option for those who want to enjoy fresh, delicious berries without a large garden or yard.
(Featured Image: Ripe Blueberries by S. Spensley)
What Kind Of Blueberries Grow Well In Containers?
When it comes to growing blueberries in containers, it’s important to choose a variety that is well-suited for container gardening. Here are some of the best blueberry varieties for growing in containers:
Top Hat: This dwarf variety grows to only 18 inches tall and is perfect for small containers. It produces large, flavorful berries and is known for its ornamental value.
Sunshine Blue: This variety is a good choice for container gardening because it is compact and has a shallow root system. It produces sweet, tangy berries and is self-fertile, meaning you only need one plant for fruit production.
Northblue: This variety is another dwarf blueberry that grows to only 18-24 inches tall. It produces sweet, juicy berries and is cold-hardy, making it a good choice for gardeners in colder climates.
Bluecrop: While not a dwarf variety, Bluecrop is a good choice for container gardening because it has a shallow root system and produces large, juicy berries. It is also self-fertile and produces a high yield of fruit.
Pink Lemonade: This unique blueberry variety produces pink berries that are sweet and juicy. It grows to only 3-4 feet tall and is a good choice for container gardening because it has a compact growth habit.
When selecting a blueberry variety for container gardening, look for varieties that are known for their compact size, shallow root system, and high yield of fruit. You can also start dormant or bare root blueberry plants in containers, but it is important to understand the difference between planting a bare root plant and a potted plant. Check out our guide on growing bare root dormant blueberry plants if you’re starting from dormancy.
How To Grow Blueberries In Containers
Growing blueberries in containers is a great way to enjoy fresh, juicy berries even if you don’t have a large yard or garden. By following these steps, you can successfully grow blueberries in pots and enjoy a bountiful harvest of sweet, delicious berries.
1. Choose A Suitable Container
Blueberries require a pot that is at least 16-18 inches in diameter and has good drainage. Use a pot made of porous material like terracotta or clay that allows for good air circulation around the roots. Fabric pots are a great, lightweight alternative to clay as well.
We highly recommend these 5-gallon fabric pots by AC Infinity for growing blueberries. Fabric pots allow for more air circulation and better drainage of the roots, and this specific type of fabric is heavy-duty and built to last for many years.
2. Choose The Right Soil
Blueberries require acidic soil with a pH level between 4.0-5.5. You can use a mix of peat moss, pine bark, and perlite to create a well-draining soil that is acidic.
3. Plant The Blueberry Bush
Dig a hole in the soil deep enough to accommodate the root ball of the blueberry plant. Gently place the plant in the hole and fill it with soil. Water thoroughly after planting.
4. Provide Adequate Sunlight
Blueberries require at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. Place the pot in a location that receives adequate sunlight. If you are unsure how much sunlight a certain location is exposed to, we strongly encourage investing in a sunlight meter!
5. Keep Soil Moist
Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Blueberries require consistent moisture, especially during the growing season. When growing in containers, it is not uncommon for plants to dry out more quickly than they would in the ground. Invest in a good moisture-meter for easy monitoring.
6. Fertilize Occasionally
Use a slow-release fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants to provide nutrients to the blueberry bush. We recommend this all-natural fertilizer mix by Down to Earth, it has helped our blueberry fruit yield immensely. A little bit of fertilizer goes a long way, especially when container gardening!
7. Prune The Plant
Prune the blueberry bush in early spring before new growth appears. Remove any dead or diseased branches and thin out any crossing branches. Make sure you’re using clean tools that maintain a very sharp edge, like this pair of pruners by Fiskars.
Blueberry Bush by Martin Stone
Start Growing Blueberries Today!
Blueberries can be relatively easy to grow, especially in Michigan’s climate. Growing blueberries can be fun and rewarding for everyone, even those without much experience in growing plants.
Growing blueberries in containers can open up a whole new world of gardening to those with limited space or those who live in community-style housing, such as apartments, condos, and even dorm rooms! This surprisingly easy method of growing blueberries will have your neighbors green with envy.
Where To Buy Container-Friendly Blueberries
If you’re searching for container-friendly blueberry plants in northern Michigan, you’ve come to the right place! Bright Lane Gardens is the spot to buy blueberry plants in northern Michigan. We carry a wide variety of blueberry plants that have been selected specifically for their ability to thrive in northern Michigan’s climate. Check out our blueberry selection this season!
Anna is one of the owners here at Bright Lane Gardens, and our resident plant and garden expert. Anna started gardening from a young age and has continued to grow her knowledge in the horticulture realm over the years. With a keen interest in sustainable gardening through organic gardening practices and the use of drought tolerant and native plants, Anna is committed to spreading this knowledge through blog posts and Bright Lane Garden's YouTube channel.