Planting Blueberries

samk_fruitDecember 12, 2008

I am thinking about planting blueberries in a container and was wondering if anyone here has tried it and share their experience about how to get that done successfully, one thing I read about blueberries is that they like full sun however, that's not for Arizona so I am not sure what that mean for Arizona.

I live in Chandler, AZ (phoenix metro area)

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petzold6596(8b southern NM)

Blueberries need an acid soil as low as 4.5 so that problem has to be addressed first. Second, they fruit on second year stems and produce rhizomes that send up new stems. This habit requires a very large pot so you can have a yearly crop al-abate small. I don't think the time needed or the cost is worth it, but thats frugal me.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2008 at 6:59PM
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nullzero(9)

Blueberries do very well in large pots. Just make sure to pamper it with watering and keep it safe during the summer. I would recommend a soil mix with peat moss and amend with some PH lowering soil additives. For the mulch I would use pine needles or cocoa mulch.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2009 at 6:38PM
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phoenixryan

I've tried it, without much success (yet), and will probably try it again. The first plants I picked up while standing in line at Home Depot, that might have been my first mistake.

Large pots are a definite must, and the use of pine needles for mulch will help with the acidity. Mine survived the summer just fine, but they had afternoon shade and got hit with water from the lawn sprinklers. I actually killed them with too much water in winter.

Would love to hear what varieties you select and how they fare!

    Bookmark   January 12, 2009 at 10:18PM
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