Love blueberries and want to grow more bushes? Here’s an quick tutorial on how to grow blueberries from cuttings that’s easy and inexpensive.

How to grow blueberries from cuttings

It’s time for another Pinterest Challenge! This month, I decided to try out this pin —>>> Propagating Blueberries from Cuttings because we NEED more blueberry bushes! We have two medium sized sunshine blueberry bushes and one small bountiful blue bush, but it’s just not enough. I would love to have at least 10 or more because fresh blueberries are SO much better than store bought. FYI – the sunshine blueberries are much sweeter than the bountiful blue, so if you find this variety, get it! These varieties are great if you live in a low-chill zone like Southern California.

Tip: Although most blueberries can self pollinate, the plants grow bigger and more blueberries if there are more than one variety for cross pollination. So if you plan on growing blueberries, have more than one variety in your garden. 

How to Grow Blueberries from Cuttings

Check your zone to see when is the best time to start your cuttings. 

Supplies:

  • Growing trays
  • Garden shears
  • soil (blueberries prefer acidic soil)
  • rooting powder

 

Blueberry Cuttings

Blueberry cutting image
Cut when your plant is dormant. I cut mine right after it produced all the blueberries.

This is going to be crazy easy, so here goes! First, make sure this is done when your plant is done providing blueberries and has new growth. In most areas you’ll want to do this during late winter/early spring. I live in Southern California, so I decided to try this right after blueberry season here and planted these a little over 2 weeks ago.

Next, find some new growth. You want the branch to be green or new growth, not brown and hard.

How to grow blueberries from cuttings - good cutting
Here you can see a good thick cutting and thinner ones that didn’t do well.

It’s also best to use branches that are larger than 1/4″ wide. Too thin and they won’t fair well. I cut the entire new growth off and cut them to about 4″ length pieces. Carefully remove all the leaves without damaging the branch.

Rooting Powder

Dip blueberry cuttings into rooting powder

Dip the ends into rooting powder and place into a growing tray or pot. Make sure the side you dip into the growth hormone and place in the soil is the bottom of the branch. 

Planting Blueberry Stems

Blueberry growing from blueberry cuttings

Make a hole in wet soil and place the stem in. I plant the stem about an 1 1/2″ to 2″ into the soil. Push soil to fill hole and to hold the stem upright. Water daily, making sure soil doesn’t dry out. Leave it alone for about 18-20 days and you should see little green leaves starting to pop out. Resist the urge to pull it out to check for roots as this can cause it to die. It will take about a 70 – 75 days for the plant to really start to root. After this point, you can transplant to a larger pot. 

To get more info on growing from cuttings, you can watch this Youtube video —>>>Start at 5:48.

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15 Comments

  1. There is nothing quite like freshly picked blueberries! My husband’s aunt has two huge patches of blueberries bushes and we just love picking them right off the bush. YUM! Pinned.

  2. Thank you for all the photos in your tutorial! We have attempted blueberries, but failed. I don’t think we got the soil acidity quite right. Now I want to try again! pinning -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  3. This is so cool! I tried growing blueberries at my old house but didn’t have much luck. I’m going to show this to my neighbor, she has had good luck and said she wanted to try to propagate them for a few of us!

  4. It would be fun to watch the growing process of these cuttings, Erlene. And to see the final fruition! I’ve never had any luck with cuttings. Before my friends sold their home and moved away, I got cuttings from their hydrangea bush that I loved so much. That was over five years ago and the bush, which is growing quite well, has only produced two very small flowers which is quite disappointing. But you sound like you know what to do to get a tasty crop! Good luck!
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