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anyone have farkleberry (Vaccinium arboreum) seeds

 
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Looking for farkleberry (aka sparkleberry) seeds to buy.  I'd like to try using them as rootstock for blueberries.  Supposedly works well according to the folks at Barking Frogs permaculture.
http://barkingfrogspc.tripod.com/document/AnnualLetter03.pdf
 
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You may wish to reconsider and use another type. farkleberry (Vaccinium arboreum) grows into big trees from what I've seen. They are far to tall to use to grow blueberries if you want to pick them. We have a local blueberry that does grow wild, not sure which type. It gets about 6 ft tall and we gather blueberries from them in the wild on a neighbors property with permission.
 
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I agree any wild blueberry would be worth a try to graft on to if grown from seed in it's final location.  It would likely have a better root system than a transplant.

However, the farkleberries are reported (link in the initial post) to have a much more robust root system and drought tolerance than blueberries.  Since they are compatible as a rootstock, so long as the graft is done fairly low to the ground, the additional height of the farkleberry shouldn't be a problem.  I haven't heard any reports that additional growth height is transferred to the grafted blueberry.

If you have access to the farkleberry seeds, please let me know.  I would be glad to buy them.

thank you!
 
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Most of the commercial blueberry strains are really just one or two generations off wild, some are even properly wild (seeded by wild animals eating wild plants not cultivated by man for at least 300 years, then collected and layered into big fields).
 
              
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had to go look up this farkleberry / sparkleberry plant. Sounds like it is easily propagated through the roots and hard to come by.

Two places that sell the plant (Vaccinium arboreum)
http://nearlynativenursery.com/NNNCatalogCommonName.cfm
http://nearlynativenursery.com/index1.cfm

http://shootingstarnursery.com/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=farkleberry

Hope that helps.

If I find any growing on my property I will let you know. Have not identified many of the plants on the property.
 
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Just took a quick look at your links and they look great!  I may order one from each to trial the variety.

Many thanks!

What region of the country are you in, Dr_Temp, if you don't mind me asking?

Thanks again
 
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