QUESTION: How long does it take a blueberry bush to bear fruit? I’ve been thinking about putting in a few blueberry bushes and was wondering how long before I’ll be eating those delicious blueberries. What’s the scoop? – Yvette G
GARDENING CHANNEL REPLIES: It generally takes a blueberry bush six years to produce at full capacity. The plant should begin producing some fruit between years three and four.
You may see flowers form on your blueberry bush during years one and two. Remove the flowers and don’t try to harvest from your plant during these years.
It’s important the blueberry bush takes the first couple of years to focus all of its energy into becoming established and not producing fruit.
Once year three rolls around, you can begin harvesting from your plant and watch the production rate go up from there.
In general, blueberry bushes produce approximately five pounds of fruit per plant. You should expect your plants to produce between June and August each year. This will vary by cultivar.
All blueberry plants begin blooming in the spring as long as they’re provided with the right growing conditions.
When growing blueberries, expect them to remain hardy in planting zones three through nine. If you live outside of these areas, consider growing them in a container.
Though it’s a little more work, it’s an option for growing these plants when you can’t provide ideal growing conditions in a typical garden setting.
Aside from picking the right growing method, ensure blueberries receive ample sunlight, are grown in acidic soil, and ensure the soil is well-draining.
It’s also important to water your blueberry bushes. If they’re planted in the ground, they should be watered regularly in their first year. The goal is for the plants to receive one-inch of water per week whether from the gardener or nature.
After year one, the plants should be able to sustain themselves (aside from pruning and an annual application of mulch or compost).
Yet, if you’re growing blueberries in containers, you must continue to water them each year during their growing season.
By supplying everything the plant needs, you’re doing all you can to provide a proper start and encouraging an adequate blueberry harvest in time.
Do be mindful that, though blueberries are known for being disease and pest resistant, there are other animals which enjoy blueberries, too! The main culprit is a bird.
If you notice that birds are swarming your blueberry bushes, either cover the bush in netting or plant more bushes.
I have approximately one dozen blueberry bushes on my property. This is more than I need for our family’s use.
Therefore, I don’t mind sharing with the birds and don’t have to worry about applying netting. Which method you use to protect your harvest will depend upon the amount of growing space you have available.
Take these tips into consideration when growing and protecting your blueberry harvest. Also, use this information to help guide you as to when you should expect to start receiving blueberries from your plants.
In my opinion, there’s no better homegrown fruit. Blueberries are easy to pick, versatile in the kitchen, and they taste amazing! Hopefully, you can begin enjoying your homegrown blueberries soon.