Transplanting Wild Blueberries - Knowledgebase Question

Yellowknife, NT
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Question by snooze1
August 10, 1999
Is it possible to transplant wild blueberries into big pots and when would be the best time to do this?

Answer from NGA
August 10, 1999
It is possible to transplant wild blueberries, providing they are on your property or you have permission to dig on someone else's property. Most wild and native plants have very deep root systems at a very young age. This is to help them survive without care. That's why native plants often die when dug - the root systems are often inadvertantly cut off. Dig the plants in late fall or early winter when they're dormant and dig very generous holes around them. Expect that the roots will be very deep, so carefully dig around until you get them all. Then transplant immediately and water well to help settle the soil and remove air pockets around the roots. You'll know by the new growth in spring whether or not you were successful in your efforts.

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