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I love blueberries! In fact, they are one of my most favorite berries! I spend a fortune at Costco splurging on their blueberry packages! I decided it was time to cut down on my fruit costs, and learn to grow blueberries in a pot on my balcony. Here’s how you too can grow blueberries!
Pick out a large pot (one that is at least 18 inches!) when starting your blueberries. Visit your local nursery for some soil that is appropriate for blueberries. Blueberries are super unique because they LOVE acidic soil. Be sure to pick up a variety that meets these PH needs!
Place your blueberry plant (I find it best to purchase a bush grown in the nursery. It has a higher yield, in a much shorter amount of time) in an area that gets tons of sunlight. To grow sweet berries, your bush will need at least 6-8 hours of FULL sun exposure every day. If growing them indoors, I highly recommend placing them in front of a southern-facing window. If that isn’t enough, purchasing a grow light works well too! If grown outside, but the container in a highly sunny area, but you will have to fight off the pests.
Blueberries need ample water! Make sure that the first few inches of soil are pretty consistently moist, but never soggy. Test the soil with your finger every couple of days, and if the first few inches of soil are moist, you don’t need to worry about watering it! If the soil is dry, your plant definitely needs a drink.
It doesn’t require much fertilizer to keep these bushes happy. Only fertilize twice a year: once in the spring, and then again in the fall. If you want your bush to produce berries (and honestly: who doesn’t?) you need at least two blueberry bushes grown beside one another. This helps provide maximum pollination, for maximum berry growth!
Unfortunately, we aren’t the only ones who enjoy munching on berries! The birds love them too! if you find yourself combating a flurry of flying pests, cover your bush with a netting of sorts.