biwa
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Help me decide on a blueberry cultivar to plant

Is there something along the lines of a Consumer Reports for blueberry cultivars? A website that ranks by fruit characteristics would be nice (e.g., sweetness/tartness, richness of flavor, berry size, etc.)

I'm looking for a good "blueberry pie" plant. A tart & rich flavor would be preferred.

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Hi Biwa.

This site is the RHS one on blueberries.
I know it is UK related but should give you usefull info and lead to others as well.

Jona


https://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/Profile.aspx?pid=85
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Thanks Jona. That's an awesome website. Exactly what I needed.

Does anyone else know of other websites like this that review fruit cultivars?
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I'll be keeping an eye on this thread too. I have 3 kinds right now. I believe they are Blue Jay, Blue Crop (or Early Blue, I'm not sure), and non-cultivar native lowbush V. angustifolium.

So far, I'm not getting enough harvest to make pies! Most go straight in my kids' mouths. :lol: The Blue Jay and Blue crop/Early Blue are good eating fresh. The native shrubs haven't fruited yet so I don't know what they're like.

Looking through some catalogs, I stumbled on realization that I could grow early, mid, and late-season cultivars so we could have a longer blueberry season. So I'm looking to get a few more varieties. Try Googling for "blueberry cultivars."

Keeping away the voracious catbirds (not to mention other raiders like squirrels and rabbits) is a huge chore. I've tried bird netting and individual chicken wire cages. This year, I'm thinking of building a large cage around the entire blueberry area.

ETA: found this [url=https://www.backyardberryplants.com/plants/blueberries/index.htm#Lowbush_and_wild_blueberry_plants]website selling organic blueberry plants[/url] -
But I would definitely look for a cultivar list by your local ag. extension service as well as other recommendations for your own local area.

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applestar wrote:Keeping away the voracious catbirds (not to mention other raiders like squirrels and rabbits) is a huge chore. I've tried bird netting and individual chicken wire cages. This year, I'm thinking of building a large cage around the entire blueberry area.
applestar: Every fall, I go to an apple orchard that also has pick-your-own blueberries. The blueberry area is entirely enclosed in netting to keep the birds out. The orchard owners made a rough frame, wrapped it in netting & put a door on a spring. From the looks of it, it would be easy for them to take it down & move it when they need to rotate the crop.
Good luck with the birds.
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One thing to keep in mind about Blueberry varieties ... for the most successful crop, you will need to cross-pollinate with a different variety.

Of the many varieties, there are 2 main types: Highbush Blueberries, and Rabbit Eye blueberries.
Those will NOT successfully cross-pollinate each other.
In other words, if you plant a Highbush... be sure to have another variety of a Highbush blueberry for cross-pollination.
And, likewise, if you plant a Rabbit Eye... be sure to have another variety of Rabbit Eye blueberry for cross-pollination.

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