Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Rookie mistake

I have discovered, a little late, when purchasing blueberry plants you always need to buy at least two because even though they are self-pollinating apparently you will get better yields if the bush is planted with another variety. Pat Welsh recommends Rabbiteye and Southern Highbush varieties for the San Diego climate. I could only find the Southern Highbush, so I went with Jubilee and Sunshine Blue. Sunshine Blue is great for an urban yard because it's semi-dwarf and it only gets 3-4ft. The Jubilee variety is an evergreen, upright bush, that gets 4-5ft tall and will give you berries late summer through fall.

This is a great reminder to study and research what you are looking for before you go shopping for plants. You can't always expect a knowledgeable staff person to be on hand. Don't end up with an impulse buy plant, like the outfit from the mall you never wear, that just isn't right for you.

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