[Homestead] Blueberry plants, kitchen table tissue culture
waltonrp at bellsouth.net
Tue Nov 16 19:36:03 EST 2004
> I'm afraid my opinion is a cryptic answer: the ones that live are
> vigorous. If you want 20 plants, set out 60 cuttings. Half will die and a
> third of what's left will puny. But in he end you'll get your good 20
> plants. "Layering", the second method, will give better plants especially
> if you prune off 3/4ths of the stem when you dig it. In a few years you
> can't tell the difference between the mother plant and the ones from
> cuttings. Blueberry plants live a loooong time.
That works. It seems like one of the big costs of startup are the plants.
Seems to me one could start with a smaller planting and while getting
educated on managing that planting, start some cuttings and have additional
plants to set out in a year or so...
Once I get to the planting stage on my place, blueberries seem a great
choice for the Southside Virginia climate and my soil tests out at 5.2 or
ph, so improving tilth and mulching to lower the ph a bit even would make
them a great match. I'd at least like to grow my own...
Rob in FLA
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