Do I need both male and female blueberry plants?

February 11, 2010|By Ellen Nibali | Special to The Baltimore Sun

Question: Do I need to order both male and female blueberry plants? Someone told me you can’t have just one.

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. See HGIC's publication, "Getting Started with Small Fruit." Its chart lists blueberry varieties that flourish in Maryland and it includes bloom and ripening times. With an assortment of varieties, you can harvest blueberries for months. Be sure bloom times overlap.

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