Philip Freddolino wrote:
You can certainly grow blueberries from seed but they will not be true to type from the cultivar they came from. Also It takes a long time till your first yield. Root cuttings are much faster to yield and will be a clone of the parent plant/cultivar.
jacque g wrote:
"After all, blueberries in the wild hardly get processed through a blender with water!"
No, but they do go through digestive tracts, including gizzards.
I don't know specifically about blueberries, but I do know that it is common for seeds to have mechanisms, physical and/or chemical, to prevent them from germinating "too soon" - in the wrong season or too near to the mother plant.
jacque g wrote:
"I have seen seeds sprouting in quite close proximity to each other...the seeds are so small I'm not sure how you could avoid that entirely."
Yes, they will germinate and come up very densely, but few or maybe only one of them will survive the intense competition.
It's good to know what a particular species does in the wild, but gardening is manipulation of the plant's natural propensities in order to maximize production for human purposes.
If you don't have the money to buy bushes, are there people in your area growing blueberries who would let you take cuttings? Or try the resources swap on this forum or on other sites, such as GardenWeb. That would also be a good way to learn about blueberry reproduction in more detail, since people who are successful with cuttings have to be pretty knowledgeable about growing that particular species.
Chris Kott wrote:Hi All,
Craig, were it possible for you to graze livestock on the patches and if you seeded the grazed area with nitrogen-fixers and accumulators, I think you could accelerate what you're trying to do. I would be careful, though, to make sure that you have a ground-cover layer and that you keep it away from monoculture by encouraging fruiting shrubs, and possibly those black cherries you already have. Just for disease control, you understand.