How old do they have to be before you actually get blueberries? I saw some bareroot plants for sale this year but I will only have my garden for 2-3 years before I have to move and I didn’t know if it would be doing anything by then.
I believe it is two years, but I am not certain. I did a bit of reading on them when I was considering whether or not to grow them as I do not know how long we are going to be in this home, and that is what I remember, but I could be wrong. Hopefully someone will be able to tell you for sure, but you can probably wiki them, and find out…
get a dwarf variety and put it in a pot. when you move, you can take it with you.
Fine Gardening magazine has a piece on Raspberries (which I believe are the same) that if you buy now (spring), feed well you may get a FEW berries this year, most likely it’ll start producing next year.
thanks. the pot idea sounds the best for now. would it require any special winter care though? I don’t have a garage or anything. What if i planted something in the ground, how easy would it be to transplant? Then maybe I can have a head start for our next house.I cant wait until I get a house and I can have a whole bunch of plants……..
I found an article on growing blueberries in containers: http://www.davewilson.com/homegrown/promotion/bluecontainer.html
I’m pretty sure you require at least TWO plants because blueberries are self-incompatible. Raspberries don’t have this problem.
The dwarf bush that we got from the nursery (about 40cm) had a few berries the first year it was transplanted.
We just planted a variety called Sunshine Blue which is a dwarf variety that gets about 3 feet tall and does well in containers. My daughter planted 6 in her front flowerbeds and I have one in a pot. We chose this variety because they are self fertile, they are less particular about soil ph (most insist on very acid soil) only needs 150 chill hours and they are supposed to tolerate our southern heat. When the 3 inch pot arrived it already had 5 – 6 flowers on it and within days of potting it there were about 20 more blooms. It has set some fruit even. This baby is NOT very big at all but it promises to be fruitful. At maturity it is supposed to produce 5-10 lbs of fruit per bush!
We plan on planting a hedge row of a larger variety of blueberry bushes, but need to prepare the beds and condition the soil. A project for this fall.
The research I did tells me that there seems to be a variety for just about any where. The main requirement being acid soil. There are southern and northern varieties. Do your research well, there is plenty of information out there.
I think they take a couple of years to really start producing well. We moved into a place that had about 18 blueberry bushes of various sizes and varieties in the garden. We now have greenish berries and flowers on some bushes. I think we’re about to be in for more blueberries than we know what to do with! I’m glad they freeze well, I think I’ll have a freezer full by the end of the summer. I have heard that it’s wise not only to have more than one bush, but to get different varieties. It makes sense to do that so they’re producing at different times.
I can verify that Sunshine Blue is self-compatible. I have a bush in a pot that is 3 years old. I bought it as 2yr old bare root stock and only one plant because I don’t have room for more. It flowered a little bit last year but didn’t produce any berries; this year it produced a lot of flowers, and has quite a few berries, but it had a hard winter of neglect (my fault) so I’m imagining it would actually be doing better had I not screwed up. The nursery I bought from said that blueberries start producing at 3 years (possibly because it produces on 2 year old wood?) The biggest recommendation I have gotten is to fertilize with acid-loving plant fertilizer (like for azaleas etc) which will help keep the pH in the correct range. Apparently growing blueberries in containers is a lot easier than growing them in the ground, unless your soil is already acidic. At any rate, go for it!