North Carolina Blueberries .
We have recently been interested in the idea of growing blueberries.
Are there native blueberries we wondered? Who would we ask to figure it out?
Well I live in Lee county now but there was a time I lived in Chatham. So when I think of who knows NC plants or where to get them?
I think of Debbie Roos.
Grower Resource List
Compiled by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.
you can get some great information at Debbie's site.
at this site you can find
TIPS FOR GROWING BLUEBERRIES
I read the tips here on buying and it said,
"Find out what grows good in my area" :>)
So I searched for NC blueberries and found this...
I also found this site was very handy . I will probably be printing their information to have at hand when we get ready to grow.
Growing Blueberries in the Home Gardenhttp://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/hil-8207.html
Here are some of the NC places they mention sell plants
Finch Blueberry Nursery
P. O. Box 669
Bailey, NC 27807
(Rabbiteye, southern highbush, highbush)
N.C. Foundation Seed Production
P. O. Box 33245, Method Station
Raleigh, NC 27606
(Recent NC releases)
106 Yellow Cut Road
Rose Hill, NC 28458
(Southern highbush, highbush rabbiteye)
Coastal Plain and Piedmont - Rabbiteye: ‘Climax’, ‘Premier’, ‘Tifblue’, ‘Powderblue’, ‘Centurion’.
Highbush: ‘Blue Ridge’ (southern highbush) and ‘O’Neal’ (southern highbush) have also been grown successfully on Piedmont soils. ‘Legacy’ (southern highbush) is worthy of trial in these regions, as well.
What Species - Both highbush (Vaccinium corymbosum)
and the rabbiteye (V. ashei) types of blueberries can be grown in the Coastal Plain and Piedmont. However, only highbush will consistently survive the minimum winter temperatures below 10o F that regularly occur in the Mountains. The rabbiteye is more drought and heat resistant and will tolerate a wider range of soil types than the highbush. For these reasons, rabbiteye is easier to establish and grow successfully in the Piedmont and on the drier soils of the Coastal Plain than highbush. More recently, a group of varieties referred to as southern highbush have been released. These varieties are intermediate between highbush and rabbiteye in soil and climate adaptation.
for even more details on NC blueberries try this PDF
Well now I am off to find out about asparagus ?
right after I go grab some blueberries from the frig .
Peace and Happy Gardening