[NAFEX] Growing Blueberries in Alkaline Soil
lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu
Wed Aug 25 23:15:02 EDT 2010
I know Dan Hemenway, at Barking Frogs Permaculture - Sparr FL? was
discussing grafting named blueberry varieties onto the native
farkleberry/sparkleberry growing there, some years ago - but I don't know if
he had any success.
On Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 9:17 PM, Richard Moyer <ramoyer at gmail.com> wrote:
> Several members of Southern Fruit Fellowship have spoken of grafting
> commercial blueberry cultivars onto native blueberry rootstocks that
> grow in their region. In this way they grew blueberries in alkaline,
> or at least neutral soil.
> I don't remember who did this, so perhaps someone can help.
> The Vaccinium genus is widespread throughout North America so there
> could be native plants adapted to your soil. I'd check with Dan
> Barney, Extension fruit specialist at Sand Point Research Station, U.
> of Idaho. He'd likely advise how to grow blueberries in your soil, or
> how to find rootstocks that are alkaline tolerant. He's worked with a
> number of huckleberries native to your region.
> Richard Moyer
> Headed soon to pick wild blueberries in the southern appalachians at
> 5000 ft, where the 'June'berries ripen in August.
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