Does anyone know of a reliable source for blueberry plants. I'm looking for
northern highbush and need 1000-1500. I'm in the process of layout & not
sure of the exact number yet.
Thanks for any help,
I just read somewhere that blueberries thrive in the Ozarks.
Is that NC? I've only been on the other side of the Mississippi
River once and that was to visit cousins in CT. (New England is
My ignorance about back east is appalling...
Nope, not Ozarks, but we have the Appalachians aka "great smokey
mountains" that we share with TN & VA. I live closer to the coast. If
I remember my geography right, the Ozarks are like in Arkansas and
Missouri. A small portion in Oklahoma and Kansas. But blueberries is
just one of a number of crops that thrive well in NC. As I said before,
there are many farms here that are devoted to blueberries. You can go
five miles in 4 directions from my house and be surrounded by blueberry
fields. Several of us gardeners have a few bushes at home too. I don't
have any, but hope to buy a few shoots from a neighbor in time for next
years harvest. There are blueberry fields scattered thru-out the whole
state, from the coastal area, to the sandhills, to the mountains. Very
profitable crop here.
Yes, they do. Our home up in Maine is in a pine barren, the land is
covered naturally in lowbush blueberries. We've also got a few
highbush blueberries, too, someone planted in the past. I've never
measured the pH of the soil up there, but I'm sure it's around 4.5.
I haven't *seen* a pine barren, but I read John McPhee's
book about the NJ Pine Barrens... (Everything he writes
is good, btw.)
We have a few wild blues growing around the ranch. Mostly,
the bears beat me to the berries, and mostly, I'm willing
to let them.
We have lots of wild highbush cranberries and lots of
wild and tame currants here.
Our home up in Maine is in a pine barren. We've got about 2 acres in
wild blueberries. Because hubby is no longer up there fulltime we've
got some invading plants to deal with this fall, he's purchased a DR
Brushcutter to take things down. From what we've seen at neighbors'
homes, if you mow the blueberries they seem to come back with a
vengence, that's what we're hoping!
The birds do get some of them, but there's so many I get a great
harvest every year....well, except for last year, when it rained for
the whole spring and early summer, pollination was poor and the crop
was bad basically for the whole state. We've put three beehives up
there, hopefully the girls will give us a good harvest. They're not
quite ready yet.
I'd love to grow currants, but we're not supposed to, they're the
alternate host for some pine blight :o(
Yep, the tree catalogs have warnings about white pine blight or
something. I guess it's illegal in places to grow plants that will
support/harbor the blight.
We don't have pine trees here. (Wish we did.) Just black spruce,
white spruce, Lutz spruce (a hydrid of the two others), some
birch and some cottonwoods. A couple of kinds of aspen grow
about 80 miles north of here. Gotta get a couple of them...
We've got at least 40 on our property, you're welcome to them :-) I hate
them with a vengeance now after 4 years of having to rake up endless amounts
of pine needles/cones and burn them and get the 'leaves' from the cones
stuck in my feet or stabbed by the cones when I pick them up, same for the
needles(even wearing gloves it still happens)....I want birch and oak and
maple and nut trees, etc....ANYTHING BUT PINE!
Possibly true of the Northern Highbush (Vaccinium corymbosum) but
certainly not true of the Rabbiteye (V. ashei also known as
V. virgatum) and some others.
Most of the commercial blueberries are hybrids (of these and other
species), but will still often be divided into "southern" and
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