Dwarf Blueberry Varieties Good for Container Gardening

by Fern on August 14, 2008

in Fruits & Vegetables

Keeping with the dwarf fruit and vegetable theme started Tuesday, I came across an article in the Seattle Times about dwarf blueberry varieties well suited to being grown in containers.

The first variety mentioned is ‘Sunshine Blue’ and grows up to 4 feet tall and produced 10 pounds (!) of fruit when mature. In May it produces a profusion of hot pink flowers, and is followed by ripe fruit in July and August.

Even smaller than Sunshine Blue is a variety called ‘Top Hat,’ which grows to be only 18 inches high, and is covered in fruit all summer long.

Blueberries are sold bare root in the Spring and some mail order nurseries will also ship them in the fall.

Most varieties need to be near another blueberry plant to cross-pollinate in order to do their absolute best. They also like acidic soil with actively decomposing matter, so an Azalea potting mix with a little bit of wood mulch mixed in would be perfect. Do not use fertilizer with nitrate in it, as it is deadly to blueberries. For more complete blueberry care instructions, click here.

Here are more balcony-sized plants:

Photo by Shelly & Dave

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