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Topic by Cindy posted 06-12-2011 12:33 AM 1557 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Cindy

346 posts in 1319 days
hardiness zone 6

06-12-2011 12:33 AM

Topic tags/keywords: blueberry blueberries

I’m seriously thinking about growing my own blueberry shrubs. I did some research, and I think rabbiteye would be best for me – I don’t think I get enough cold hours to support highbush. One of the local pick-your-own grows only rabbiteye, I don’t know about the others. This year the average pick-your-own price here runs between $2.50 – $3.50 a pound. Most are saying a quart is approx .75 lbs. Do you think it would be worth my while to grow my own? The spot I have in mind would be very easy to water, the ph is acidic now and I wouldn’t have to bring it down much, and row cover would be a breeze (birds – which I have a ton of). The spot is small though, only 9’ x 18’, and I was hoping to get 5 shrubs in there. I’m looking at Powderblue and Tiftblue. If I buy them, they are 3yr old plants, organic. I’m not in a rush, I can wait for them to mature. Or should I just drive out & buy someone else’s? (they are organic, too, which is important to me). I have no idea how much I could harvest off mature shrubs in a good year – web sites say as much as 15 lbs, but that sounds high to me. Whaddya think?

-- ~ Cindy, Virginia Appalachians, UDSA Hardiness Zone 6 ~



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MsDebbieP

14682 posts in 2608 days
hardiness zone 5b

06-12-2011 11:57 AM

I think “go for it” and down the road if you change your mind you can pull them out.

I have several bushes for the “walk by picking” and putting some in the freezer. I can then go to the local “pick your own” to supplement my supply.

I haven’t had any blueberries for a couple years (thank you rabbits) and I’ve added several bushes so I don’t know if I will even have to buy some berries this year. We’ll see.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1871 days
hardiness zone 5b

06-12-2011 01:27 PM

Cindy, we enjoy our blueberry bushes very much. My children love to go out and forage for ripe berries in July. Already our bushes are covered with plump green berries. My bushes are still young (about three years old) so like MsDebbie, we also go to a local farm and “pick your own” so I have blueberries to eat through the winter, but having our own bushes means we can eat some every day of the season, not just when you go pick some at a farm.

A healthy blueberry bush will live and produce berries over 25 years. Doesn’t that seem like an incredible investment? Mulch the roots well to keep out weeds around the bushes and you will have a beautiful, carefree, delicious source of blueberries. Do you know they have bright red colored leaves come autumn? Give them room so that there will be good air circulation and sunlight for the bushes and also room to get around the plants when it is time to harvest. If they are high bush varieties you have chosen, they will get quite large. I planted young bare-root mail order plants and they are already taller than my children.

As for how much they produce, when we go to the pick your own farm, we easily pick 20+ pounds of blueberries….Once they are mature, five bushes should provide you with a good source of blueberries to eat and preserve for the winter.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Cindy

346 posts in 1319 days
hardiness zone 6

06-12-2011 11:45 PM

Hey, Radicalfarmergal, I just realized you’re in Mass.! I’m originally from Ct., and I miss my blueberries! lol (and my real maple syrup). I’m going with rabbiteye plants, and I can’t wait.
Ooops! Dinner’s burning, gotta go!

Ok, back…as I was saying, I’m going with rabbiteye, and I may buy two highbushes locally to see if they do well in our winters. You can’t have too many blueberries ; ) The rabbiteyes have mostly yellow-orange fall foliage, if my reading is correct – either way it will be pretty. I was going to make a second patio in the spot where I’m tearing out my 8’ x 10’ shed, but I’m thinking I’ll put up low, pretty, white picket fencing & turn it into a veggie patch instead. I’m wanting to grow as much of my food as possible. There are several heirloom veggies I’d like to try. I already have a nice patio on the other side of my trailer under the crabapple tree, so why waste the space on another patio?

-- ~ Cindy, Virginia Appalachians, UDSA Hardiness Zone 6 ~

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Bon

7374 posts in 2388 days
hardiness zone 5a

06-13-2011 02:58 PM

I would definitely go with the garden.So much more rewarding in the end.Good luck with the blueberries.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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justjoel

1062 posts in 1988 days
hardiness zone 7a

06-13-2011 10:21 PM

Great info everyone. I’m looking at planting some of these too, if I can find the right spot out front.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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Aileen Edword

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06-16-2011 11:37 AM

I would definitely go with the garden.Blueberries sounds so good i am going to try
and great information this will help me and many i am sure
Thanks…...

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