[nafex] vaccinium tolerant of alkaline soils

William McNam billmcnam at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 20 14:46:51 EST 2012

Does anyone have experience using
vaccinium arboreum as rootstock?

Does anyone know of the existence of interspecific hybrids involving vaccinium arboreum or vaccinium angustifolium?

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Sent: Sat, Nov 25, 2006 3:45 PM MSK
Subject: Re: blueberrries in alkaline soil 

1) Sand, with alot of Calcium in it.
2) I don't know.  Never tried it.
3) Of course!
4) Never measured it but, if I had to guess, I'd say, "1/4 cup or less." They grow rather thickly so it is difficult to tell.
5) Identical
6) The coldest it has gotten here has been -46º F.  They only don't bear from lack of rain.
7) I haven't been curious enough to check.  They are the wild blueberry here and I haven't seen any other species around here.

Jim Fruth
Brambleberry Farm

----- Original Message ----- From: bill d
To: jfruth at uslink.net
Sent: Friday, November 24, 2006 11:46 AM
Subject: blueberrries in alkaline soil

Thanks Jim!

What's the soil type there--sand ,clay, loam?
What happens if they're grown in soil with acid ph?
Are the plants self-fertile?
How much fruit do you get off one plant?
Are they distinguishable in taste from other species of blueberries?
How much winter cold can they withstand without injury?
Do you know of any interspecific hybrids of V. angustifolium with other Vaccinium species?
Bill asked:

Hi JIm!
What kind of blueberries are these that thrive in alkaline soil?
How tall do they grow?
Do you know what species they are?


   Vaccinium angustifolium, aka Dwarf, Sugar, Early or Low-Bush
The pH here is 7.3.  They grow up to, about, 18"

Jim Fruth
Brambleberry Farm
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
(218)568-8483 [Store]


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Sent: Mon, Feb 14, 2005 4:29 AM MSK
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] blueberries for neutral soil

In one of the older POMONAs there is an article from (name escapes me) who studied Vaccinium arboreum, so called "farkleberry" of the South.  It was sufficiently tolerant of alkaline soils that northern highbush blueberries could be grafted on  the species and they would survive and produce when they would die on their own roots.  One old timer apparently had a patch of such grafted berries that was 25 years old and in good production.  I have a piece of V. arboreum grafted on highbush blueberries, and it's quite interesting.  I had thought of crossing the two, but the V. arboreum doesn't bloom until the highbush types have ripe fruit.
-Lon Rombough
Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at http://www.bunchgrapes.com  Winner of the Garden Writers Association "Best Talent in Writing" award for 2003.
On Feb 13, 2005, at 2:33 PM, Louisa Rogoff Thompson wrote:


 I believe all blueberries require very acidic soil, but some of their close cousins, the huckleberries (Gaylussacia spp.) do not.  Around here, black huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata) grows along with blueberries in extremely acidic soil, but also grows in neutral soil if some other factor limits competition, and produces small but sweet berries.  This particular plant is a very low shrubby groundcover, about 6-12" tall and woody.  It's quite attractive, with silver-grey woody stems and exceptional fall foliage.   I believe it is found as far north as Newfoundland and Saskatchewan.  Also dangleberry, Gaylussacia frondosa, a much taller shrub (6-7'), has sweet, juicy fruit and grows as far north as southern New Hampshire.  I don't know if any true huckleberries (as opposed to Solanum spp.) are available from fruit nurseries.  If not, you could try native plant nurseries.

 Louisa Thompson
 Columbia, MD
 Zone 7a

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