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Germinating Blueberry seeds

Any idea's on getting the little buggers to crack? I would love to know the temperature soil ect. Thanks in advanced...

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I thought blueberries need cold stratification. Are you growing from store-bought blueberries? (What a neat concept. I've tried with strawberries but not with blueberries). Do you know where these were harvested?

Wondering if they are northern or southern variety blueberries? I suppose there would be no way to distinguish from Highbush vs. Lowbush, though I guess most commercial ones are highbush varieties for high-volume production. Are "rabbit-eye" yet another variety or is that synonymous with Southern? I can't remember off-hand....

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They are grown in California and yes they are store bought I've been told they germinate in 3-5 weeks and need no stratification period

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Sounds like a "southern" - i.e. frost-free winter variety then. 8)

Hmm... I don't use peat moss on principle, but something high-acid is in order here, I guess. You have to realize too, I'm grounded in the NJ Pine Barrens blueberry growth habit and characteristics... so I might be off, but I guess I would mix 1/2 sand and 1/2 composted pine bark mulch fines (sifted out from the mulch) or -- more likely -- "under the pine tree" composted pine needle topsoil for seed starting mix.

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If you're talking about store bought blueberries that you squeezed the seeds out of vs. store bought blueberry seeds, yes they need to be cold stratified. You'd have to google it but I believe they need to be chilled for at least a month. I think it's about 800 hours. If not, you can try all you'd like, they just won't grow. I know that's not the exciting answer, :wink: but sometimes there's no shortcut. Good luck!

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GardenRN wrote:If you're talking about store bought blueberries that you squeezed the seeds out of vs. store bought blueberry seeds, yes they need to be cold stratified. You'd have to google it but I believe they need to be chilled for at least a month. I think it's about 800 hours. If not, you can try all you'd like, they just won't grow. I know that's not the exciting answer, :wink: but sometimes there's no shortcut. Good luck!
I found out they are sold by California Giant blueberries and there referred to as "DUKE" if that helps any

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regardless of the type though, they still need to be cold stratified. To my knowledge anyways.

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