Fruits and Vegetables, Trees and Shrubs
Stratify seed 2-3 months, or sow in fall. New plantlets are produced on the end of spreading rhizomes; layering may be used to grow some species, as may cuttings taken in late summer. Appreciates moist, well-draining, acidic soil of pH 4.5 to 5.5, likes to be well-mulched. Two or more types are required to fertilize and set fruit. Plant purchased specimens spring and fall. Full sun to some shade. Zones 2-9
Vaccinium corymbosum, the swamp or high-bush blueberry, is hardy zone 3-8, though some protection can be required in the colder parts of its range, and some cultivars are not suitable for the warmer zones, the low-bush blueberry, is hardy to zones 2-6.
Vaccinium ashei, the rabbit-eye blueberry, though good for warmer climates, needs a few cold weeks per year to produce fruit. Tolerates somewhat drier conditions, better for more neutral soils. Zone 7-9
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