I’ve always wanted to own a blueberry bush. The fruit is delicious, contains no fat or cholesterol, and is high in antioxidants. Last year I checked the prices of 2 year old bushes at the local nursery. They wanted over $40 for the plant. No way I planned to pay that, so I tried an experiment. I put some blueberries in the blender, poured off everything but the seeds, and then planted them. Sadly nothing grew.
This year I went out and bought a sicky blueberry shrub at Lowes for $10 on sale. I drilled holes in a giant planter, mixed some soil, organic matter, and acidic plant fertilizer together. The blueberry bush came in a box with the roots wrapped in peat. I decided not to unwrap it. Messing with roots while transplanting usually kills my plants. So I just buried the entire thing straight from the box. On top I put a layer of pine needles to act as a mulch, while increasing the acidity of the planter.
Below is a picture 4 months after planting. I had just returned from a trip to Disney World and my garden was a mess.
Below is the same plant after I removed the weeds. Quite a difference?
After 30 days that tiny sprout of new growth is now taller than the entire plant.
Supposedly blueberries wont bare fruit until the 3rd year. In the meantime, should I get any suckers this year or next, I have a spare planter to fill.