August 8th, 2020 – MyGardenChannel.Com
Growing Blueberries from Blueberries in a Container
First, to grow blueberries you will want to get your hands on some fresh or old blueberries. It doesn’t much matter which you have but you must do a pinch test to see if there are seeds inside of them. An easy way to do this is to simply squeeze the blueberry and examine what is inside. If you see little brown seeds the size of a ball-point pen head then the hardest part of this process is done.
Most blueberries you buy at the store have come from a local farm somewhere and are indeed organic. Blueberry seeds from fresh blueberries you buy at the store should be viable. They will grow but you must follow the rest of these directions.
Be aware, blueberries may also have chemicals that were sprayed on them for bug prevention but they should still grow for you. Continue to follow the steps below to learn how to easily grow more blueberries in a container at home!
Blueberry Seeds, The “Cold-Stratification” Process
Once you have some good blueberries, make sure you place them in a cold area, like a refrigerator for 2 weeks. If you really want to grow blueberries this process will help the seeds get to a dormant stage. This process will harden them off and the seeds will want to grow when they are finally planted. This process is called “cold-stratification.” It really helps to increase germination percentage for your blueberry seeds while getting them off growing aggressively.
Prepare the Blueberries for Planting
At this point, your blueberries are ready to germinate and start growing now. So you will now place them into small containers. First, cut each blueberry in half by slicing it down the center which will help evenly place the blueberry seeds for germination. Take your time and be careful not to cut your finger as the blueberries are very small.
Placing the Blueberries into the Container
The placement of the blueberry slices will be on the top of the soil inside your container. Then sprinkle a good layer of potting mix right on top of the seeds. Use about a half of an inch 0.5″ or 1.27cm centimeters of potting mix to cover your blueberry seeds. This is your planting depth.
Best Area to Grow Blueberries
Now place the containers that are full of your blueberry slices in a warm area with some sunlight or under a grow light. Blueberries can take up to 4 weeks to germinate. Temperature should hover around 65 degrees Fahrenheit or 18.33 Celsius.
Water them frequently never to let them dry out. Don’t over do it on the water though as it can cause rotting of your seeds. Also, mold will grow if there is too much water in the container. The best tip here is just to keep the soil moist.
You will start to see seedlings sprouting and growing in just a few weeks but most seeds can take longer to fully germinate. Use a good quality potting mix because the loose mixture of soil will provide porous routes for the new blueberry roots to settle in.
As the blueberry plants start to grow you will want to water as needed so that the soil does not dry out. Once all your blueberry seeds have sprouted to seedlings they are better equipped to take on more water than before. If you over water now they are better to forgive than prior to germination.
What to Expect While Waiting for Your Blueberries to Grow
After about 60 days you should be able to say that you have grown blueberries! The blueberry plants will be ready to transplant to your garden or a bigger growing container at this time. This will allow for your plant to grow even bigger. The larger that the container is the bigger your blueberry plants will grow.
Caring for Your Blueberries
In order to grow blueberries the actual plant has to have certain things provided for it. Once the blueberry bush gets to a certain stage it will then start produce fruit.
Some helpful tips to grow blueberries faster is knowing that the blueberry bush like acidic soil. So the PH level should be around (4.5 ph) Always grow blueberries in full sun. Place them in a sunny location where the blueberries will have at least 8 hours of sun. If you are planting more than one bush separate them by 3 feet apart.
If you are looking for a fertilizer to grow blueberries you will want a simple 10-10-10 mixture.
Blueberries will respond well to any nitrogen-rich fertilizer, but blueberries require fertilizers with an ammonium form of nitrogen such as urea, sulfur-coated urea, ammonium sulfate, or cottonseed meal. Any fertilizer sold for azaleas or rhododendrons also works well for blueberries too.
Pruning of your blueberry plants promotes bushy growth and more root activity. The more leaves and roots that your blueberry bush has on it the faster it will get to maturity. Of course, then producing fruit for you and your family. Do not hesitate to prune the plant when it is young.
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