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21/02/2014 at 21:21

I'd like to get some blueberry plants and put them in containers (alkaline soil in the garden so can't go there).  I've read it is best to have more than one plant so that they pollinate each other.

Will this work if one buys three different plants that crop through the season, say draper, bluecrop and aurora? Or does one need two of each then?

Thanks for any info.

21/02/2014 at 22:38

I don't know anything about blueberries Jim, but to cross pollinate plants need to flower at the same time. 

21/02/2014 at 23:07

Lunar Jim

I grow a few blueberries.  Alkaline soil too so mine are in large pots plunged in the ground.  I mulch with ericaceous compost or pine chips. Keep well watered and suspend a net over them to kep birds off the fruit.

Yes 3 different varieties are sufficient...no need to double up 

They are worth growing....delicious fruits.

21/02/2014 at 23:15

Nut is right, but many blueberries (and the usual varieties sold) will self-pollinate to some extent.  Cross-pollination will produce better crops though.  As long as their flowering season overlaps, some cross-pollination will occur.  The ideal would be to have two different early, two different mid-season and two different late season varieties.   

Edd
25/02/2014 at 00:53

Put them in a big pot with ericaceous compost and mix your varieties. 3 -5 in one pot. I have only worked with 3 in a pot and i tend to spread the variety so they last the full year. Early-summer-late. Worked for me but they do need some care.

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