Blueberries have always been one of the more popular fruits from the berry family. There health benefits have been well known for years. Fun to eat, perfect in smoothies, great for desserts & salads, and easy to grow in garden planters! Here are a few easy tips!
Start by selecting the planter you want to pot the blueberries in. Make it large, at least 18 inches deep and as wide as possible. These plants need lots of space for a hearty root system with plenty of room to grow. Place the container in a area of your yard or garden where it will be full sunshine. Use a potting mix that will give you great drainage.
Potted blueberries are easy to care for. Water at least 1 inch per week but if your pot is in a windy area you may need to water more. Apply a thick layer of mulch after potting to keep moisture locked in and fertilize about 3 weeks after planting. Birds can be an issue since they love to dine on the berries so you may need to net the potted plant to eliminate that issue. Don't worry about pruning for the first few years.
Pick the potted berries when they fall into your hand when touched. They will be very dark blue and really sweet. Refrigerate them so they don't spoil before you can eat them. Have fun & enjoy!
You have tried growing herbs in pots, veggies in containers, and flowers in pottery. Now is the time to give berries a chance. Here are a few helpful tips to follow.
Pot berry plants in a well draining pottery mix that includes a mix of particle sizes, such as larger composted bark, sand, and peat. Blueberries do best in lighter soils where their fibrous roots can penetrate easily
Raspberries are more adaptable to soil types as long as they are well drained. Make sure the planter you use is large enough to accommodate the root system and soil and has a drain hole in the bottom to allow excess water to move away from the roots.
Water plants daily during summers hot months and feed them using a organic fertilizer in May, June and July. Protect the plants from potential damaged from freeze-thaw cycles. Move the pots into the garage or bury them in the soil and cover with mulch till next Spring.
Try to find colorful glazed planters since many of these can handle the changing climates. If you live in a cold weather state and must leave the potted plants outside, use a poly-resin or concrete planter. The freezing temps won't crack the pots and they will look great from year to year.
Look for flavorful plants. Medium size flavorful berries are the goal here. Use the fragrance, color and beauty to add to your garden or patio areas. Potted berries are easy to grow, fun to eat and great to look at. Enjoy!
Here are the list of things you should be aware of that need to be tended to in your garden area.
Grow Blueberries NOW: One of the simple joys of summer, potted blueberries are an excellent fruit for new gardeners. Northern high bush blueberries are best for the upper and middle south. Try selections such as Patriot and Liberty. Rabbiteye blueberries are best in the lower and coast south. Use climax or premier. They all prefer slightly moist, well draining potting soil. Place the planter in a sunny spot and rotate the pot for best coverage. It's important to plant at least 2 or more varieties so you will have lots of fruit. Buy the starters at your local nursery or order online. Make sure you pick a planter that is large enough so you don't crowd the plants root system.
Fertilize: Feed potted veggies such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squash and tomatillos. Looking for some organic options? Miracle Grow Organic Choice is available in granular or liquid form. Dynamite Organic All Purpose or composted manure for easy feeding. Just follow package directions and keep those veggies healthy all season long.
Fragrance: Add some sweet scents to your potted garden this season. The blooms of gardenias, ginger and lilies. Honeybells, hostas, and tuberoses will all add a welcome perfume to this summers garden and planters. Enjoy their fragrance inside by cutting a few stems for casual bouquets.
Herbs: Cut potted basil, thyme and rosemary frequently to keep these plants in full production. Keep a pot of your favorite herbs near your grill for a reminder to flavor your summer meals.