There are a couple of different occasions when it can be appropriate and desirable to transplant blueberry bushes. Blueberry bushes are generally hardy once planted, and if spacing is adequate in free soil conditions it may never become necessary to transplant blueberry bushes to a new location. However, if blueberry bushes are becoming crowded and pruning is not addressing the issue adequately, it may be time to transplant blueberry bushes. Similarly, if blueberry bushes are exhibiting a low fruit yield and it becomes necessary to plant additional blueberry bushes for pollination purposes, as most varietals are not self-pollinating, it may become necessary to transplant blueberry bushes. Finally, if blueberry bushes are started in pots and begin to outgrow their container home, the time then becomes right to transplant blueberry bushes to a new location. Follow these simple steps to successfully transplant your blueberry bush.
Blueberry bushes should only be transplanted during their dormant season from November through mid-March. At this time, it is safest to transplant blueberry bushes because any shock that is sustained will have minimal impact on future fruit yields.
To begin, select a new location that receives a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight daily, where soils are mildly acidic and drain well. Ensure there is adequate space for blueberry bushes to continue growing to maturity. It can be helpful here to consult the specific growing estimates for the particular varietal being grown. When beginning the transplantation, remember that blueberry bushes have shallow root systems and it will be important to dig carefully to avoid injuring surface lying roots. The safest approach is to dig around the plant a minimum of one foot from the trunk and possibly farther away. Remove the plant and carefully transplant it to its new growing location.