Blueberry Cultivation: Pollination And Cross-Pollination
Blueberry cultivation can be a very fulfilling hobby. Blueberry plants will produce lots of fruit, but often need bees to do the work. Pollen gets stuck to the bees' legs and falls off as they move from plant to plant.
To help the bees focus on the blueberries, remove competing flowering plants and weeds. These include anything that provides very little pollen and nectar, like jasmine, shrubs and grasses.
Provide plants that the bees like to use as nests, like wildflowers, mint, Cosmos and Lupines. You can also buy or make a bee block, which is a piece of wood drilled with holes of different sizes and depths, that provides spaces for bees to lay eggs.
To attract a large number of bees, make sure to leave trees that are bare, including rotting woods, twigs and high grasses, where a colonies can form hives.
Blueberry Cultivation: What Variety Do I Need?
For best results, have at least 2 varieties of blueberries. You can choose from high-bush, low-bush and semi-high bush. By having a variety of blueberries you can have fresh blueberries through the growing season. The blueberry season can start as early as June, and with a little planning, can last all season.