Growing Commercial Blueberries

Now that you’ve decided to grow commercial blueberries, there are some things that you need to consider. To ensure maximum production of commercial blueberries, you will need to meet the climatic conditions and the right kind of soil.

You should determine if your area is ideal for growing commercial blueberries.

growing commercial blueberries

Expensive yet Profitable

The reason why many people hesitate to grow blueberries is because of the huge cost involved. Still, the returns are substantial especially if you found a good and suitable site. The plant spacing and common rows require 1,000 – 1,200 plants for every acre. If you purchase the blueberry plants that are 2 years old, it can cost you $1; so for every acre of blueberry plants, it will cost you $1,000 - $2,400. You can’t expect any harvest for the first 2 years. However, you can expect high yields if you’re able to manage the plantings properly. During the 3rd season, you can already get 400 – 800 lbs of commercial blueberries and on the 4th year, you can expect to harvest 1,400 – 2,000 lbs. As years pass, you can get higher yields. In fact, on the 6th to 8th years, you may be able to harvest 4,000 – 6,000 lbs per acre. If you can maintain optimal conditions, mature plantings may be able to give you more than 10,000 lbs per acre. As long as you can maintain the blueberry bushes well, they can continue to be productive for about 15 – 20 years.

Factors to Consider

The very first thing that you need to consider is the site selection. Soil requirements for blueberry bushes include Au-Gres-Saugatuck, Houghton, Covert, Au-Gres, Newton, Morocco, Thetford, and Pipestone Kingsville. These soils are sandy and acidic with varying organic content. The site should have high percentage of organic matter and it would be best to pick a site where the soil is well drained. The ideal pH of the soil for blueberries is below 5.5. You can also opt for soils with pH ranging from 4.5 to 5.0; before planting, the pH should be tested first.

You can get the plantings from a reputable nursery in your area or you can also get it from a commercial grower. Get the disease-free and high quality plants that are already 2-3 years old. Too young plantings can be hard to manage. Pruning is also required to get higher yields. You can prune the blueberry bushes in late autumn, winter, or during early spring. Most growers prune during early spring so that the canes that were injured during winter can be easily identified. Remove the damaged canes. The blueberries are quite fruitful but you will need to give particular attention to pollination. Through pollination, higher yields can be expected and you can also produce larger blueberries. The fruits will also ripe earlier.

26 Comments

  • It's great said on September 21, 2010
    You can get the plantings from a reputable nursery in your area or you can also get it from a commercial grower. Get the disease-free and high quality plants that are already 2-3 years old. Too young plantings can be hard to manage. Pruning is also required to get higher yields. You can prune the blueberry bushes in late autumn, winter, or during early spring. Most growers prune during early spring so that the canes that were injured during winter can be easily identified. Remove the damaged canes. The blueberries are quite fruitful but you will need to give particular attention to pollination. Through pollination, higher yields can be expected and you can also produce larger blueberries. The fruits
  • Koshish Budhathoki said on November 30, 2010
    I'm from Asia,Nepal,capital city is Kathmandu. Could you suggest for procedures to set up a blueberry farm? Thanks
  • happy said on September 15, 2011
    i am from punjab (india) . i am interested blueberry farming .thus i want to know which type of weather condition and soil refer to blueberry plant.
  • Nil Prasad Regmi said on May 27, 2012
    I would like to grow blue berry in Nepal, would you like to help me by providing Blue berry cultivation technology publications and hand book?
  • Suraj Bhandari said on August 17, 2012
    I'm from butwal(nepal). i'm interested blueberries farming. please help me which weather suitable for planting blueberry?
  • Suraj B Sharma said on August 17, 2012
    I am from kathmandu nepal. i really interested to farming blueberries. can you tell me all the information about this? which type of weather and which land is good for planting blueberries? i hope you will send for me a massage. help me please about this
  • RAHUL said on January 8, 2013
    1. WANT TO KNOW IDEAL WEATHER CONDITIONS AND SOIL COMPOSITION FOR GROWING BLUEBERRIES.
    2. YOUR ADVICE IS REQUIRED FOR THE SAME FOR GROWING THIS BUSH AT FOLLOWING LOCATION.
    TALWARA, HOSHIARPUR, PUNJAB, INDIA
  • Dr.Dhruva Ispahani said on February 11, 2013
    I'm interested in gardening .I would like to grow some blue berry bushes at home. I tried to grow them from seeds I got from US. But I could not succeed. If you have the plants to sell please let me know.
  • kalifa said on February 12, 2013
    Dear.Sir. I'm living in Thailand Place called Chonburi Pattaya is there any chance to grow Blue Berry and what the main thing that i must take in mind and what you think the budget for staring. Thanks.
  • Ashok said on March 29, 2013
    I want to know whether blueberry plants/saplings or seeds are available in India. If available what are the cost. Whether it can grow in Maharashtra, Karnataka regions.
  • ramesh said on April 24, 2013
    Dear sir, i want to grow blueberry, raspberry and cherry plants in maharashtra. please suggest me where i will get the plants?
  • koijam pochou said on April 29, 2013
    hi sir, i want to grow blue berry plant in manipur .india please suggest me where i can get plant nursery
  • Uttam Nath said on July 3, 2013
    I am also very interested in doing berry cultivation and found one company who is selling tissue cultured plants from USA some Abonna Plants, i think they also have website...
  • Mr. Tinumayang said on November 16, 2013
    I'm from Nagaland state in India interested in blue berries farming in my private farm which is about 20 acres.I shall be highly grateful if i can be inform/highlighted about the availability of the plant for plantation and its marketing value at present. As for the soil and temperature is concern it is ideal for said farming. Yours faithfully. Mr. Tinumayang. Kupza village Mokkchung. Nagaland. India.
  • shabba said on December 9, 2013
    i want blue berry, blackbery, and raspbery plant ..erala. any supplies pls contact me
  • Ajit Singh said on April 28, 2014
    Mansa, Punjab(India), 151505. Is this region's climate is suitable for Blueberry Farming
  • varinder jeet singh said on June 22, 2014
    i want grow blueberry in jalandher(punjab)
  • Dinaik said on October 2, 2014
    interested in growing blue berries in Ludhiana (Punjab) . kindly guide me ? whats is the selling price of it per lbs ? dinaik84@gmail.com 9855599000
  • Pranab lal Shrestha said on November 5, 2014
    I live in Lalitpur district very close to Katmandu , the capital of Nepal. I am interested to grow blueberry plants for domestic purpose since it is not available in local market. Please instruct about the requirement for farming in own garden. Thanking you, PL
  • Raju Gurung said on November 18, 2014
    Hi, i am interested in commercial farming of blue berry plants and need your help. Can we grow blue berry plants (WHICH VARIETY AND IS IT COLD HARDY)in high altitude about 3000 meters(11000 feet) from sea level and in winter temperature dips minus 18 degree centigrade. THANK YOU and looking forward for your help
  • RAKESH KUMAR said on January 2, 2015
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  • Jigar Joshi said on April 16, 2015
    Hi - we want to partner with a few committed honest individuals to produce Blueberries in India.. We can assist in finance and technical/Logistics. Those Interested please contact us at jigar@adifoods.com
  • singh jassa said on July 27, 2015
    For all people wondering growing blueberry in Punjab, not possible, any place where summer temperature can go above 40 c , no suitable, it will kill all the blueberries plants, it needs winter chill for few months in winter, which is possible in Punjab, but its the summer heat, loo will kill the berry plant. Grow Falsa, falsa is very much like blue berry but heat and drought tolerant. same health benefits.
  • sridhar said on August 3, 2015
    I live in Bangalore. I would like to grow in my coffee plantation in Coorg. My country is India. Is it possible to grow? if so, where do I buy the plants? how to go about it?
  • pedro sandhu beginner adviser said on February 10, 2017
    hi, if anybody wants growing blue berries please contact me at pedrosandhu@ymail.com

    pedrosandhu@ymail.com || Blue Berries Farming Adviser

  • Sambasiva Rao (Shiva) said on January 8, 2019
    Hi,Mr.Pedro Sandhu, my name is Sambasiva Rao generally I am called as Shiva.I hail from Ukraine.I do farming in Ukraine and in Poland. I am involved in agriculture and we own and lease few thousand hectares in both the countries. I am specialized in different berry plantations and I am particularly specialized in Blue berry plantations since 14 years and I own 2 in vitro laboratories one in each country and produce different berry plants and cultivate them. Now I am india. If you are interested in any information or any idea regarding berries you can call me to my no.8179750690 or mail me to raoukraine@gmail.com, Thanking you, Shiva.

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