Blueberries in So. CA inland area - Knowledgebase Question

El Cajon, Ca
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Question by carolarcher1
April 6, 2007
What type of blueberries should I plant and can they be planted next to a house foundation? They have an eastern exposure and will get AM and mid day sun. Thank you

Answer from NGA
April 6, 2007
It's difficult to grow blueberries in your region because they have a winter chilling requirement. For best results, choose a variety with a low chill requirement and amend the soil with lots of peat moss to lower the pH. They will grow and produce in partial-shade conditions as you've described. Here are a few varieties from which to choose:

Misty ? also known as Challenger, is a prolific bearer of good-sized berries that have terrific flavor. Nelson considers Misty to be the best all-around choice for San Diego area gardens.

Georgia Gem ? great flavor, very reliable under most climatic conditions; heavy production.

Blue Crisp ? a new introduction, good quality fruit, prolific producer.

Star ? very similar to Blue Crisp.

Cape Fear ? old-timer, quite popular and reliable, probably the most likely variety to be found at local nurseries.

Although these plants are self-fertile and they will produce fruit if planted alone, they will produce more fruit if two or more varieties are planted together so they can cross-pollinate.

In addition to the high quality of the fruit of southern high bush blueberries, the bushes, with their silver-green leaves and delicate white blossoms, are most attractive. The 4-foot-high plants can be planted as an attractive edible hedge.

Best wishes with your new blueberries!

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