How to grow blueberries in a pot and some recipes to use them

Blueberries are healthy and delicious fruits, with many health benefits: they are the common fruit with the highest antioxidant capacity, they help prevent aging, cancer and diseases of the cardiovascular system. They also help control diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol, and are excellent for fighting urinary tract diseases.

For all this, they are an excellent option to grow in your own home.

Planting a blueberry bush is fairly easy, and while it takes three years to bear fruit, you can either get a bush that is already a few years old, or wait… and be even more rewarded when you first harvest!

1. Choose the pot

If you’re planting blueberries from seed, you’ll need to sprout them in a seedling container or small container (such as a yogurt container with holes in the bottom). If you get a seedling, you can already place it in a larger pot.

For a young plant, a container or pot of about 20 liters is suitable. When the plant matures (after the fourth year), it will need a 60-75 liter pot.

Since pots don’t give roots the same protection from the cold in winter as soil, it’s a good idea to insulate them by putting hay on the bottom.

2. Prepare the soil

Blueberry bushes like acidic, low pH soils (between 4.5 and 5). To get acidic soil in a pot, you can add peat moss, cottonseed meal, and use oak or pine bark and leaf compost.

The University of Wisconsin recommends planting blueberries directly into a soilless growing medium, which can be a mixture of one part chopped pine bark and one part sphagnum moss. It can also be an alternate mix of two parts coconut fiber, two parts sphagnum moss, and one part perlite.

3. Choice of plants

Blueberries bear fruit from their third year of life, and in the fourth they bear fruit in quantity. Most of them are self-pollinating, but to be sure you can plant two bushes together, coming from different crops. If you want to plant multiple bushes, they will do better if you plant them in groups rather than rows.

4. Care

Blueberries need a lot of sun. As for water, they require frequent watering, but they do not grow well if the soil is constantly moist, so it has to be a light soil with good drainage. In soilless substrates they are also at ease for that reason.

What to do with blueberries?

Blueberries are a very noble fruit that is ideal for many very varied sweet and healthy preparations. Here are several recipes to enjoy them!

No-bake lemon and blueberry cheesecake

creamy blueberry tiramisu

Pineapple and blueberry smoothie to deflate the abdomen

Sweet peach and blueberry tart

Homemade chocolates with pomegranate and blueberries

Blueberry Lemon Muffins

Blueberry and lemon cake made in a skillet

Healthy Blueberry Oatmeal Donuts

In addition, blueberries, due to their amount of antioxidants, can have a cosmetic use, so you can also prepare this mask:

Blueberry and yogurt mask to soften facial skin

If this note interested you, learn how to grow other red fruits in your home!