Once again I have to thank Virginia Tech for publishing their wonderful literature on growing plants in Virginia. I took a botany class while I was at Tech, and I still have our textbook: the Master Gardener handbook. I rarely crack it open, though, because I can find so much useful information just by Googling “growing [plant name] Virginia.”
The search for “growing blueberries virginia” brought me to Virginia Tech’s Blueberry Specialty Crop Profile and, even better, the Small Fruit in the Home Garden publication. I now know which blueberries grow best in my area. Turns out Northern highbush are the best performers, and Duke, Patriot, Blueray, Bluecrop, Jersey, Elliott, Collins, Chandler, and Darrow are the best varieties.
I researched lots of growers, and I narrowed my choices to two:
- Finch Blueberries – my initial choice. They have good reviews and I like that they are somewhat local, just over the border in NC.
- Heartland Blueberries – in Kentucky. They are a bit further away, but they are recommended by a friend of a friend who planted 300 or so of their plants last year.
I ended up ordering from Heartland, and the main reason is that their plants are in pots instead of bareroot. I have no rational reason for it, but I’m generally not crazy about planting bareroot plants, except for strawberries.
I kept it small for this first year. Because blueberries perform best with multiple varieties, I ordered one each of:
I’ll keep you updated when they arrive. I’m excited to add more fruit to the farm!! Wish me luck. If you have any tips, please share with me!*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**