Growing Berries in Bins - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by condemnedtob
January 20, 2011
I bought blueberry and grape plants and planted them in a storage bin(14.5 gallons). I poked holes in the bottom and used Miracle Gro Moisture Control Potting Soil. I am unsure if the plants will actually survive and eventually thrive in the bins. Is there any advice you can give me or tips on what to do to help them grow? Planting them in the ground is not an option because I live in an apartment

Answer from NGA
January 20, 2011
I don't think there's any reason you cannot grow blueberries and grapevines in large containers. You've chosen the right growing media - Miracle Gro is top of the line when it comes to potting soils. Adequate drainage is a must and you've addressed that by drilling holes in the bottom of yor container. As long as the plants have adequate room for growth, they should produce and maintain healthy leaves and stems. Grapevines need a trellis or other sturdy structure on which to grow. If you set the container near a fence or wall, trellis or arbor and train the vines upward you should have a healthy plant and lots of fruit. Blueberries produce best when you have two different plants growing in close proximity. While they can produce fruit on their own, a second blueberry plant will ensure you have a good harvest on both plants. Be sure to place the container in full sunshine, or at least in a place where the tops of the plants will be in the sun. Aside from a springtime feeding and regular watering during the growing season, blueberries and grapes won't require much maintenance. Good luck with your project.

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