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Can't plant out Blueberries. Pot up and plant later?


Joined: Jun 14, 2011
Posts: 17
Hi folks,

That title was a bit dramatic. I recently ordered 6 blueberry plants (2 or 3 year old transplants, basically look like whips) and they arrived earlier than I expected. I don't have a place prepared for them (I know, I should have had soil tested and conditioned it much earlier).

I was wondering if it would be a good idea to plant these plants into pots, with a store bought soil mix, and then be able to pick out a good spot on my property and test/condition the soil over the next few months and transplant them either this fall or next spring?

Any thoughts?
Tyler Ludens

Joined: Jun 25, 2010
Posts: 5737
Location: Central Texas USA Latitude 30 Zone 8
That's what I would do, put them in pots with the proper soil mix and then work over the summer to prepare their final planting spot! Make sure those pots are nice and big.

Idle dreamer

Tim Malacarne

Joined: Feb 06, 2012
Posts: 225
Location: South central Illinois, USA
That's what I'd do. ......

Ought to work!
David Hartley

Joined: Mar 23, 2012
Posts: 258
I would recommend putting them into pots that are a minimum of 18 inches deep, if possible, and as wide or close to it.... IIRC; blueberries have shallow roots that tend to not venture much further than 18 inches... I'm sure blueberries could stay quite happy for the duration of their lives in a 24in by 24in pot... Though I have JUST started researching blueberries <facepalm> which is rediculous, since they grow very well here.
Marianne Cicala

Joined: Aug 14, 2012
Posts: 579
Location: south central VA 7B
Where are you Joseph? That will determine how you handle the pots (they'll be fine in pots)


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