Spring is fast approaching and has many of us excited about things to come! This time of year typically brings lots of interest and questions about growing blueberries from seed. One recent question from a sweet gal in MO we will call “G” is the inspiration for this post. She was wondering how much area to plan on for her seed beds.
Blueberry seeds are TINY little things. Here is an example: Five-thousand seeds (5,000) are approximately 2.5 teaspoons, five-hundred seeds (500) are approximately .25 teaspoons, and one-hundred seeds (100) are approximately one-twentieth of a teaspoon, or, a “pinch” as I call it. The following is a list of area recommended for the sprinkling of seeds by volume:
100 seeds – 1’x1′ area
500 seeds – 2’x3′ area
5000 seeds – 3’x10′ area
Seeds are recommended to be sprinkled over 3″ or so of moistened Peat Moss, then covered with 1/4″ of the same. Keep moist spraying or misting with water daily. They can take 2-3 months to germinate, so be patient!
You may be asking yourself what you should be doing with your blueberry plants at this time. Still too soon to fertilize, yet blossoms pulsating. It’s time for fungus prevention!
Blossom rot can be discouraging, but a good preventative application will keep you from singing the “blues”. Treat your plants now with a fungus spray of your choice, and then again 7-10 days after your blossoms open.
Many people ask us for our recommendation of a fungus spray. We use Trilogy (2 oz. per gallon), which can be found at Deerfield Supplies, LLC 270-265-2425. (They Ship)
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These Blue Crop Northern High Bush Blueberry plants growing at Bluegrass Blueberries are snug in a fresh blanket of snow. Snowfall serves as insulation and will not harm the plant. Once the snow melts and Spring approaches, be sure your blueberry plants are draining well and not standing in water. Remember to fertilize at 1/4″ green tip in the Spring!