Along with strawberries, watermelon, and peaches, blueberries are one of the signature fruit flavours of the summer. And if you find yourself going through container after container of them each year, you may have wondered about the possibility of growing your own. (That is, if you don’t currently live on a farm or somewhere with plenty of arable land).
As it turns out, not only is growing your own blueberry bush possible, but you can do it from your kitchen. Here’s what to know.
How to grow a blueberry bush
Technically, growing your own blueberry bush inside your home has always been an option, but thanks to a viral TikTok, now more people know about it. The video, posted by Armen Adamjan (aka @creative_explained), walks the viewer through the planting process — beginning with a single blueberry.
To get started, fill a small pot (the kind with drainage holes on the bottom) with soil. Then, take the blueberry and squeeze it, releasing its seeds. From there, stick it in the pot, and cover it with a light layer of soil, and then water. Next, place some sort of cup, glass, or bottle over it to create a mini-greenhouse and trap humidity. (In the video, he cuts the bottom off of a plastic bottle and uses that.)
Once a seedling pushes its way out of the soil, you can uncover it and grow it like other indoor plants — making sure it gets enough sunlight and water. How much water, exactly? According to an article on MindBodyGreen, you’ll want to water the plant every week and keep it at the point where the soil is moist, but not soggy.
When to transfer the blueberry plant outside
According to the TikTok, when the seedling gets to be six inches tall (and the outdoor conditions are suitable for growing plants), move the baby bush outside and continue to care for it there. However, the article on MindBodyGreen says that it’s possible to keep the blueberry plant indoors for a few years — or until it starts producing fruit — before having to replant it outside.
And yes, it’ll probably take a few years for the blueberry plant to produce actual blueberries, so patience is key.