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How Blueberry Plants Grow From Seed
Laura Reynolds; Updated September 21, 2018
There are good reasons why gardeners often choose to grow blueberries from cuttings or nursery bushes - they spend less time to produce blueberries and produce their parents' characteristics correctly. For the sick gardener, growing bushes from blueberry seeds can be an adventure with amazing results. Choose the right blueberry type and give it enough sun and acidic soil; you can find your name in a new variety.
Bilberry Basics for Beginners
Match the type of blueberry seeds you planted with the conditions in your garden. Wild lowbush blueberries (Vaccinium angustifolium), US Department of Agriculture plant hardness zones are difficult between 3 and 7, and plants require annual time of flowering and fruit production, from 1000 to 1,200 Chilling hours - 45 degrees Fahrenheit time. Lowbush blueberries bloom in 2-meter bushes that form colonies in May and June. Highbush blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum) shrubs grow to 15 feet tall. Northern highbush plants generally grow in areas of 3 to 7 USDA and require 800 to 1,000 cooling hours per year. Southern highbush (Vaccinium corymbosum hybrid) plants typically harden in regions of 5 to 10 USDA and require only 150 to 800 cooling hours per year. All blueberries grow in a moist but well-drained, acidic sandy loam at pH 5.5.
Blueberry cultivation takes time. Most blueberries do not spontaneously pollinate - they need a close partner with similar genetic characteristics to fertilize their flowers. This blueberry is an unpredictable party that rarely reproduces both parents. Therefore, it is generally better to buy seeds collected by plant communities with known varieties, but some prefer to harvest their hybrids in the fall. Keep the fruits in the refrigerator for several days before maceration and rinse with water. Remove floating pulp and sterile seeds with a paper towel - live seeds will settle. Remove the seeds by placing the seeds in moist sphagnum moss and filling them in the freezer or refrigerator for 90 days. Store the seeds in the refrigerator until sowing time.
Blueberry Germination Process
After scraping the blueberry seeds in the refrigerator, plant the blueberry seeds outdoors in warm climates and autumn in the spring in the north. For better cultural control, place them in the moistened Sphagnum peat moss in the trays. Wherever you place the seeds, cover only 1/4 inch of soil and keep the area constantly moist. Bilberry germination may take six to eight weeks. Hybrid, high seed seeds germinate more reliably and may last longer than wild lowbush cousins ??- so do not give up until 12 weeks have passed. Sprouting plants need sunny and warm conditions.
Animated Day for Blueberry Plants
After working hard to make germination of blueberries, you will receive a soft sprout. Plants grow only 5-6 inches in their early years, so Northern gardeners may want to keep their plants in a sunny window during the first winter months. Hold indoor trays in sunny windows with a fluorescent light mounted 14 inches above each tray to provide complementary light. After two or more years of growth, you don't know which combination of features you have until the plant begins to bloom and move.
About the author
A very enthusiastic gardener and former host, Laura Reynolds has made a career in teaching and juvenile justice. Reynolds is a retired municipal judge and holds a degree in communications from the University of Northern Illinois. Six children and their stepchildren served as editorial staff during their term as a local newspaper editor.
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