Blueberry Cross Pollination - Knowledgebase Question

Charlotte, NC
Question by gcaverly
April 4, 1999
I have read that you need more than one variety of blueberry bush for cross-polination. Do all the varieties bloom at the same time? What would the best combination be for North Carolina?


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Answer from NGA
April 4, 1999

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In North Carolina, you can grow highbush blueberry as well as the rabbiteye blueberry (and even a new type called Southern highbush). For cross-pollination you want to select different varieties from the same type (not one rabbiteye and one highbush). It is best to plant more than two varieties to hedge your bet a little. This way you will better overlap the bloom times of different varieties, as some bloom earlier and some later than others.

For a wealth of information on home garden blueberries, check out the excellent web page listed below:
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/...

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