Choosing Blueberry Plants
Last Updated: 10/12/2012
When you decide to grow your own blueberries, you will undoubtedly be wanting maximum yields as quickly as possible, on plants that are going to live for as long as possible.
As we've been growing blueberries for over 60 years and our reputation for quality is un-surpassed anywhere (or so we keep being told!), Here are a few tips for choosing the right plants, wherever you end up buying them from.When we meet our customers at the many shows that we attend, we are always 2 standard questions.
Answer: Well we actually reply with a question first. We always ask "Was it a variety called Top Hat by any chance?".
The customer is always amazed that we seem to know their variety without asking for more information.
OK heres the explanation. Top Hat is without question the most un-reliable, short lived, fussy variety on the planet today. To the extent that we refuse to have it on the nursery. Yes, its true that some people seem to have success with it, but that number is relatively low, from our experience.
Its a variety that the big mail order companies will push like mad because its cheap for them to produce and they can maximise their profits, sometimes as high as £12.99 for a 9cm plant.
We'll end that rant with a simple 'BUYER BEWARE'.
Other things to look out for.
Look for the size of pot which your plant is in at the point of sale. In general, avoid 9cm pots, unless you're happy to wait a long time for any substantial crop. By a long time, we mean 3 to 5 years, although a small handful is possible in 2 years.
Does shape matter?