Do I need two different varieties of blueberries?

Q.

Hi, if I have two blueberry plants of the same type and same variety, will they cross pollinate? Or do they need to be different types? Thank you

Gillian

A.

Hi Gillian, great question. Most blueberries are at least partially self fertile but planting a combination of varieties of the same type will ensure good cross pollination and therefore good cropping. See below for blueberry varieties. 

Blueberry Northern Highbush - varieties suited to the more temperate regions of New Zealand. These varieties flower in mid spring and produce berries from December to February.

  • Bluecrop
  • Dixi
  • Duke

Blueberry Southern Highbush - varieties best grown in warmer areas of New Zealand as they have a low chill requirement. Fruiting from later spring to February.

  • Marimba
  • Misty
  • Petite Blue

Rabbiteye - best grown in warmer areas of New Zealand as they require less winter chilling. Fruit from January through to April.

  • Climate
  • Delite
  • Tifblue

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