The challenges of growing blueberries in containers - YouTube Birds love blueberries just as much as people do. Water occasionally. Alternatively, store it in an unheated building, like a barn or garage, with occasional watering. Blueberries are tough plants, but if you live in a cold-winter climate you should move your containers against a building or into a protected area to keep them out of the wind. Moreover, it's important to choose a blueberry species and cultivar (cultivated variety) that's right for your climate. Introducing "One Thing": A New Video Series, The Spruce Gardening & Plant Care Review Board, The Spruce Renovations and Repair Review Board, Containers (at least 18 inches deep with drainage holes), Blueberry plants of your choice (at least two plants of two different varieties), Organic fertilizer for acid-loving plants. If you've grown other fruit-bearing plants, you know you're in it for the long haul. The average pH blueberries need is between 4.5 and 5.5. If you can't find a high-acid potting mix, add fertilizer designed for acid-loving plants. You can find this mix at most nurseries and garden centers, as well as in the houseplants section of some home centers. Choose a pot that's at least 18 inches deep with drainage holes. Test the mix's pH with a simple soil test kit, and adjust the pH level, if necessary, by adding limestone to raise the pH or iron sulfate to lower the pH. Wrapping the plants with bird netting might be cumbersome, but it works. When it rains, don’t assume that you don’t have to water your plants. Within these species, there are many cultivars to choose from. Growing Blueberries in Containers Containers planted with spring flowering shrubs that also deliver a hefty punch of autumn color are a stylish addition to the porch or garden. One simple method is to use a watch to time the hours of full-sun exposure on a typical day during the growing season. 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