[NAFEX] Blueberry groundcovers--moss or teaberry

Michael Dossett 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
> bloom.
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