How to grow dwarf Blueberries in pots or containers for on your patio.
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How to grow Dwarf Blueberries in pots or containers.
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Growing dwarf Blueberries Plants in pots or containers for on your Patio.
Here is some information that I think will help you if you have a small space and you love blueberries. Then you can grow one of the dwarf varieties called Tophat There are many more varieties besides this one that you can grow in pots or containers. You can grow this blueberry Tophat in a pot or large container and you can have it sitting on your porch or patio. And you can amaze all of your friends with real blueberries right off the plant from your front porch or patio. Here are some other varieties that you can grow besides Tophat which is also a lowbush type which is great for growing in containers or pots. All the varieties that I recommend is below.
Dwarf Blueberries Plants varieties that you can grow in pots or containers.
Tophat dwarf blueberries are only 18 to 24" tall. Tophat produces a great tasting fruit that has a slightly tart taste of a wild blueberry. Tophat will produce white flowers in the middle of spring. Which later in the year in the middle of summer comes the berries which are tasty and plenty of the berries covering the plant. In the fall the leaves will change from a bluish green to a fiery red orange.The zones for growing Tophat is 3-8.
Vaccinium Angustifolium Lowbush Blueberries from the Wild. BB-W-6100 Botanical Name: Vaccinium angustifolium (Low bush blueberry) for commercial production and ornamental landscapes. Height of plants is 6 inches to 18 inches and spreading ourward by stolons up to many feet at maturity. the width can be controlled easily by mowing or cutting roots on the edges. Fruits are small and powder blue or black in color. The flavor is sweet with the typical wild blueberry flavor. The foliage color will vary from plant to plant; yellow, reds, fluorescent orange contrasts can be enjoyed in the landscape. This species is native to many parts of the U.S. and is widely planted as a landscape ground cover. This Blueberry variety needs to be in a 3 gallon or larger container.
Ruby Carpet ( ppaf ) BB-W-9300
Botanical Name: Vaccinium angustifolium Common Name: Ruby Carpet A lowbush selection made by HPC from the state of Maine. Height of plants will be 4 to 6 inches at maturity and spread outward to create a fall red carpet. Fruits are small up to 1500 per pound and are a light blue color to deep blue when harvested. They have a sweet flavor with no acid which is typical of the wild blueberry flavor. Autumn foliage color is outstanding deep red fluorescent. Profuse white flowers cover the plant each spring and deep green leaf color is disease resistance all summer. Ruby Carpet is selected for the form, color and resistance to dryer soil types. Propagation is prohibited.
Little Crisp- BB-W-6200.
Botanical Name:Vaccinium angustifolium Common Name: Little Crisp Plants were located in Luce County in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This clone was found on the beach shore of Lake Superior and selected for its vigor and hardiness. The fruits are small at 3/16 in diameter and are a light blue in color. The foliage is bright green changing to a reddish burgundy in the autumn, with red twigs during the winter months. Tiny slender leaves remain on the plants into mid December. Plants hug the ground the ground at 8 to 10 inches at maturity. Hardiness Zone 3-7
Plants were located in Allegan County, Lower Peninsular of Michigan. Southwest Michigan is known for its profusion of blueberry species. Bluish foliage makes this an outstanding contrast in the landscape. Light blue fruits are sweet with a little acid. in the autumn the foliage colors blendto a gray, orange and burgundy. The plants spread robustly and grow to a height of 12 inches tall Hardiness Zone 4-7
Plants were located in Allegan County,Lower Peninsula of Michigan, near a small inland lake,Partridge Lake Foliage is deep green and fruits are of good flavor with a hint of acid with a sweet aroma. Autumn colors change to yellows with burgundy. Winter stems are outstanding in colors of yellows and oranges. Hardiness Zone 4-7
Plants were located in Allegan County, Lower Peninsula of Michigan in an open forest. Plants are very drought resistant and the foliage holds its green color all summer until fall. Colors of orange to yellow appear in the autumn. Fruits are black, which classifies it as the variety nigrum. Flavor is more acid than other Pensylvanicum clones, but the fruits are pleasant. Hardiness Zone 4-7
Blue Sunset -BB-W-8800
Plants were located in Baraga County,Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This was a clone of plants growing tight to the ground less than 4 inches. The bright blue fruits are tiny but full of flavor.The foliage in the fall is a bright orange and yellow with the colored foliage lasting into the winter. The plants have good hardiness and disease resistance. The plants are adaptable to drier sandy soils. hardiness Zone 3-7.
Leslie - BB-W-8900
The plants were found at Arvon Township, located in Baraga County. Arvon Township is the highest elevation in Michigan so these plants have survived the coldest winds and harshest climates. The foliage is a deep green during the summer season, changing to deep burgundy in the fall. The fruits are small and flavorful and very plentiful. Hardiness Zone: 3-7.
Princess Jenny - BB-W-9000
Plants were located in Baraga County,Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The fruits of this plant are deep blue, tiny, and hang in large clusters.The foliage is deep green and the fall color slowly changes to reddish-orange. The plants will grow moderately and eventually cover the ground with a solid mat 4 to 5 inches in height. Hardiness Zone 3-7
Baby Blue - BB-W-9400
Plants were found in Luce County, Upper Peninsula of Michigan. this is one of the smaller growing plants that were found in the Lake Superior area. The plants grow only to 3-4 inches, and hug the ground. The light blue fruits are of fairly large size for this little plant and are mostly light blue. the delicate green foliage changes to the deep red every fall. Hardiness Zone 3-7.
You can order your Blueberries plants from.
K.van Bourgondien & sons inc
P.O. BOX 2000
Virginia Beach,VA 23450
Now after you order your Blueberries and they arrive you need to pot them in the pot or container that they are going to grow in.
You can start to grow them in a 1 gallon container and the plants should come in a 4 inch pot container. Take it out of the pot and have the 1 gallon pot at lease half full of potting soil. and then plant the blueberry bush into the 1 gallon pot. You can also put in the pot some slow release fertilizer about one teaspoon full. Now after you are done planting the plant water it and if the plant is dormant that means it haves no leaves on the plant. You can set it on your patio. Winter care if you have your Blueberry Bush on your Patio and you live in a colder climate you will have to take your Blueberry bush indoors for the winter months if you are growing it in a pot. I hope you enjoy your Tophat Blueberry bush for many years to come. You can always transplant the Blueberries Plants after the Blueberries Plants grows for a time in a 1 gallon pot and when the plant grows out of the pot. Transplant the plant into a larger container or pot as long as the container have holes in the bottom for drainage. After that then keep the plant water and fertilized and sit back and enjoy your plant and its fruit.
What to do with your Blueberries plants in the winter months. How to care for them.
Well if you are in northern climates and you have your Blueberries plants growing in pots or containers. Well you can't leave them out over the colder winter months because being in the containers and sitting out above ground on your porch or patio. You cannot let the Blueberry plant set outside all winter with out protection when they are in a container or pot and let the roots exposed to the colder weather. Because if you let the Blueberry plants out in the open when the weather gets very cold or colder and either though the plant is in a pots or containers.The plant roots will freeze in the pots if left out in the open all winter. Most plants will then died by the next spring if left out in the sub zero weather. Because the Blueberry plants roots by then will have frozen causing of being expose to the extreme cold. How to solve this problem and keep your plants over winter and alive for the next spring and summer growing season. There are two ways that you can over winter your Blueberry plants that are in containers. First if you have an enclosed porch with windows and you can put your container of Blueberries in there for the winter months as long as the temperature is 40 degrees and higher.Remember to keep your plant water during the winter months while inside.
The Health Benefits of Wild Blueberries.The little wild ones also have a higher skin to antioxidant-rich pigment-and a better freezing blueberry, pulp ratio, More skin and less water equal to more wild Blueberry.
Wild Blueberries.Wild Blueberries they give you more than twice the numbers of berries per pound compared with cultivated Blueberries. That means when you bake with wild Blueberries your baked goods have more berries in every bite.
I really hope you enjoyed this article on Dwarf Blueberries Plants. Let me know if you try growing Dwarf Blueberries in pots or containers.
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