Wild blueberries

Wild blueberries

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Question: wild blueberries

a friend brought me wild blueberry seeds from Australia. Since they are few and precious (they are not even found to pay them for gold) I wanted to know how and when to start cultivation. Thanks!

Answer: wild blueberries

Gentil and Moira,
your request confuses me: i wild blueberries they are a typical European plant, present in Italy even in the wild, in the alpine undergrowth; in cultivation, a little all over the world, blueberry plants of species originating from North America are cultivated, because they develop large and very productive shrubs, while the blueberry present in the Italian Alps, besides needing a quite particular climate, is a ground dwarf shrub and produces small crops. Therefore, in cultivation we usually find a variety of Vaccinium corymbosum, a shrub that belongs to the same genus as the common European blueberry, but that develops shrubs about one meter or more high, with very large berries, in clusters; obviously, now in all the cultivations, specimens are bred belonging to hybrid varieties, which allow more abundant crops, with very large fruits. Blueberry plants are widespread in Europe, both those of vaccinium corymbosum, commonly called American giant blueberry, and those of other varieties and botanical species of blueberry; so I can't understand why you had donated seeds, coming from such a distant area, which has nothing to do with blueberries (in the sense that there are no blueberry species originating in Australia); unless you mean particular Australian origin berries. But even if it were, know that there are international organizations that regulate imports and exports of plants, seeds, fruits, of any kind between states, let alone between continents. And they don't do it just to bore travelers, but because this kind of illegal and hidden exports cause the constant travel of pests and diseases between continents. What is definitely not positive. From my point of view, if a friend brought me seeds from Australia, as much as my curiosity would be, I would burn them, to prevent any strange parasites from spreading in the area where I live. If it is then American blueberry seeds, go to the nursery and buy a seedling, also because it is usually hybrid plants, and therefore you cannot know in advance what kind of plant you will get from those seeds. If, on the other hand, your friend has provided you with seeds in a sealed envelope from an Australian seed producer (who will have previously treated the seeds with fungicides and insecticides), and they are seeds from particular Australian-origin berries, you can think of sow them in the spring, or towards the end of winter, keeping the seedbed in a cool, damp place, without the frost of winter. If they are blueberries, or a species of the genus vaccinium, cultivate them in soil for acidophilic plants, or with damp sphagnum peat.