[NAFEX] Blueberry groundcovers--moss or teaberry
phainopepla at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 13 23:31:38 EDT 2006
Gualtheria procumbens will work, but there are a
couple of important things to consider. Blueberries
like sun whereas Gualtheria procumbens *really* needs
shade. This is less of a problem if your blueberry
bushes are already large and mature. The other
consideration is that they will always be in
competition with the shallow-rooted Blueberries for
water and nutrients. This combination may be
workeable, but I would say certainly is not ideal.
--- Richard Moyer <ramoyer at gmail.com> wrote:
> Doreen wrote:
> "...can I grow a groundcover in the bed under the
> blueberry bushes?"
> Our neighbors rake bushels of moss off their shady
> lawn every couple of
> years. We put this under our blueberry bushes where
> it has taken
> hold. Helps with holding water and maintaining an
> acid pH.
> For an edible, consider teaberry (*Gaultheria
> procumbens), *aka wintergreen,
> checkerberry or boxberry. Evergreen, white flowers,
> red edible berries,
> mostly as a nibble.
> Richard Moyer
> East Tenn
> Ideal fireblight conditions; warm and wet during
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