All of our patio berries will thrive in containers, raised beds, or the ground, though they will need acidic soil. You can use soil acidifiers such as peat moss or Dr. Earth’s Acid Mix Fertilizer. Make sure to choose a location that will receive at least 6 hours of sun as it will help the plant produce berries.
In a container:
- Choose a container that is at least 10” deep and about 12-16” in diameter.
- Fill the top two-thirds of the container with a high-quality potting soil that does not contain manure.
- Mix in a soil acidifier product as recommended.
- Remove the plant from the pot it came in and gently loosen the roots, placing it into the container, filling the space around the edges with potting soil.
- Water and place the plant in a sunny location.
In the ground:
- Choose a sunny location in your yard and dig a hole about 12” wide by 12” deep. Work the soil at the bottom of the hole so it is loose and aerated.
- You will want to consider incorporating a soil acidifier if your soil has a low pH balance. (Recommended soil pH is between 4.5 and 5.5)
- Remove the plant from the pot it came in and gently loosen the roots, placing it into the hole so that the base of the plant is level with the soil.
- Add soil around the plant, filling up the hole.
- Water at the base of the plant.
Start fertilizing in the spring to help increase the production of the plant in mid to late summer. Blueberries particularly like acid fertilizers as well as high-nitrogen organic fertilizers. Our Founders Fish Fertilizer is safe to use on berry plants. Blood meal is another safe alternative fertilizer that is high in nitrogen. Do not use soil or fertilizer with any kind of manure as it may harm the plants. Make sure the plant has consistent moisture but is not overwatered (typically 2-3 times per week). Plants in containers will dry out faster, especially in hotter climates.