How Do Blueberries Grow?


Blueberries grow on a bush. Not a vine and not a tree. Unless you’re a serious gardener (and if you are, props), you may be stumped when it comes to how your favorite fruits and veggies grow. We’re here to help with that. Let’s dive into blueberries: where they come from and how to plant them at home.

Blueberries Grow on Bushes

First things first, there are a few different types of blueberries, but the most common varieties in the United States are the highbush blueberry and the lowbush blueberry, (there’s also the halfhigh and the rabbiteye varieties).

Highbush blueberries are larger and sometimes less sweet -- these are the blueberries most of us are used to eating. Lowbush blueberries are a little smaller, and they’re often called wild blueberries.

Blueberry Growing

Yup, you guessed it, blueberries grow on bushes, not trees, and highbush blueberry plants are taller than lowbush. No matter the variety, blueberries want that sunshine and thrive with as little shade as possible. They’re also kind of high maintenance about soil pH and grow best in acidic soil.

Growing Blueberries at Home

Ready to dig in? Seriously, grab a shovel because you can totally grow blueberries at home. Here’s how to plant blueberries.

It’s possible to grow blueberries using the seeds in the fruit itself, but it takes a little work and a lot of luck. The easier route is to purchase viable seeds at a gardening store and aim to plant your seeds in April or May.

Next, find a sunny spot of land away from big trees and shade. You can use a raised bed or patio container if the soil in your yard isn’t ideal. Plant your seeds, add an organic fertilizer, and cover the area with about 2-4 inches of mulch to lock in moisture.

Taste the Fruit of Your Labor

When it comes to growing blueberries, you need to have patience. It takes a looong time (like, we’re talking 10 years) for blueberry bushes to fully mature, though you’ll start reaping a full bush of berries around year two or three.

Patience not really your thing? Get your blueberry fix now and taste the benefits of blueberries with the Daily Harvest Blueberry + Lemon Oat Bowl.

Blueberry + Lemon Oat Bowl

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