There are a few wild blueberry plants growing in a section of my
lawn. I am wondering how they got there.
I have lived here for 20 years and would have noticed them if they
were here all along. As I understand it, blueberries spread mainly by
rhizomes. This area is isolated by a paved driveway and a concrete
walk. There are a lot of wild blueberries in my region, but none
around my property.
Since the berries are at the base of a tree, a friend suggested that
perhaps a bird ate some berries and later perched on this tree and
"did his business", leaving some berry seeds on the ground by the
Is it possible that blueberry seeds (or any seeds for that matter)
could pass through a digestive system and still germinate?
They evolved to do so! The reason berries exist at all for the most part is
to entice birds or other animals to eat the seeds inside them and poop them
out somewhere else where they will sprout. The plants aren't producing the
berries just out of the goodness of their hearts. :-)
Utopia in Decay
On Wed, 11 Jun 2008 04:35:17 -0700 (PDT), firstname.lastname@example.org
Most definitely. Seeds are tough. And when the seed passes through
it gets the added benefit of a small deposit of natural fertilizer.
The wild blueberry plants in east Tennessee are typically much smaller
than plants you might purchase at a nursery.
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