How-To Video: Planting Blueberries

Tips for Planting Blueberries, which also applies to other types of Berries. Blueberries are a great shrub that will provide you with year-round interest. They will also provide you with great tasting fruit. 

Blueberries are beautiful plants in all of California’s seasons. You get beautiful white bell-shaped flowers in early spring, succulent blue/purple berries in early summer, and in fall, the beautiful gray-green leaves turn yellow and red.

It’s easy to grow blueberries in California—if you grow “low chill” varieties. Armstrong sells only these blueberries and we typically have them year round. Blueberries have a few simple requirements, which if met, will ensure great crops of succulent berries.


1. Selecting Plants

    • Be sure they’re “low chill” types. Sometimes you’ll see them called “Southern Highbush” or “Rabbiteye” types. At Armstrong, we only sell low-chill blueberries. Box store often sell the wrong types for California gardens.
    • Buy at least two blueberry varieties—it will ensure higher berry production.
    • Choose the varieties based on the space you have. ‘Sunshine’ is a dwarf type that’s good for small spaces or containers.
    • You can lengthen your harvest season by planting early, mid-season and late varieties


2. Planting

    • Plant in partial shade—either morning sun/afternoon shade or dappled shade all day
    • Amend the soil well with Camellia/Azalea planting mix or Danish Potting Soil
    • Mix in some Sure Start starter fertilizer with the planting mix
    • Make sure top of soil around your blueberry is the same as your garden soil
    • Create a 2- to 3-inch high “well” of soil around you plants to hold water


3. Care

    • Water regularly
    • Feed with an organic “acid type” fertilizer like Camellia Azalea Food
    • Blueberries lose their leaves in the fall—don’t worry, they’re just taking a rest!4. Harvest when berries are dark blue/purple and are slightly soft to the touch