Propagating blueberries is easier and faster than going to the store and buying a plant. Of course, you have to already have mature blueberry plants or have a friend who has some. Ask if you can take a few of the root suckers and I’m sure they’ll let you.
At the foot of the bush you’ll notice new canes (branches) coming off the roots and growing up. I dig with a spade around it to figure out the exact location it’s coming off the roots. Then I half cut, half rip it off of the root. I use the spade and a sawing motion to saw it off. Just because I’m too lazy and forgot to bring clippers with me. If you have clippers, you can clip it off too. I gather 5-7 of these or as many as you want. Not all of them have worked for me, so the more I get, the more likely I’ll have a few that work.
I dig a big, deep hole, about 12″ deep if they are long branches, 6″ if they are short little canes. Shorter is more likely to work and stay alive, but I’m so anxious to have a big bush that I cut 3-4′ canes and plant the whole thing. In that case a 12″ deep hole is needed to hold the long canes in. Anyway, dig a hole that is at least 5-6 feet away from your other bushes and put your new canes in it. Cover it up and water daily.
The picture on the left shows Samuel pruning the dead twigs and branches off one of our blueberry bushes last February. The one on the right shows Madalyn and Makenna helping to plant the long (6-7 feet) branches I took from our blueberry bushes. These actually didn’t work. They were too long and never did put out roots. In the summer I tried again.
Propagating Blueberries Second Try
In September when it was obvious the first blueberries did not propagate, I tried again. This time I made sure to only get branches straight from the roots/root suckers of the original plant. I also took shorter ones than the first time. These were only 3-4 feet tall. I pulled out the dead ones that didn’t work and stuck these ones in instead. I watered it, put some mulch on it, and it worked! It’s now January and they have survived the winter. I really hope to see some blueberries on it this year!
Hopefully this helps you learn how to propagate blueberries. I love propagating things and think you should give it a try. It’s a fun experiment. If you already have a plant you love, why buy more of the same kind? Just take some of the original and try to get it to propagate. I’ve also tried blackberries (easy), celery (even easier), lettuce (just as easy), azaleas (fairly easy), Christmas trees (hard). See everything I’ve tried here. I’m not a professional gardener, I just love to try and see what happens. It’s free and gives me a sense of accomplishment. What are you going to try? Tell me how it goes!
I’ve always dreamed of having my own blueberry bushes and I was thrilled to find this house came with lots. Three in the front yard and a hundred overgrown ones on a hill by the road. I love picking, eating, and preserving them. Hope you get a lot too!