Asked by: Brahima Tikhmenev
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Do blueberries need 2 plants?

Last Updated: 28th June, 2020

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Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) bushes are self-pollinating to an extent, but grow larger fruit through cross-pollination by a second variety. Both varieties of blueberries involved in cross-pollination need to have bloom times that are at the same time of the season to be successful.

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Also asked, do I need two blueberry plants?

Answer:Blueberry plants are self-fertile (each flower has the necessary male and female parts), however you still should buy more than one variety. That's because a blueberry plant produces more berries and bigger berries when it cross pollinates with a different blueberry variety.

Beside above, what can you plant around blueberry bushes? Annual vegetables that can accompany blueberries include radishes (Raphanus spp.), potatoes (solanum spp.), peppers (Capsicum spp.) or endive (Cichorium spp.), while the herb parsley (Petroselinum spp.) makes a decorative and useful companion to blueberries as well.

Then, how many blueberry plants do you need?

Whether or not you need at least two blueberry bushes to get fruit depends on the type of blueberry bushes you have. The two main types of blueberries are highbush blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum) and rabbiteye blueberries (V. ashei).

Do blueberries have male and female plants?

Blueberry plants have both male and female flowers on each bush. Depending on the cultivar, they are moderately to highly self-fertile, but benefit greatly from being planted with other cultivars to improve pollination. For plentiful summer berries, plant two bushes per berry-loving family member.

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