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    bushes should I buy. I dont need to make a ton of jelly or freeze a bunch, just enough to make muffins a couple of times, and some for like fruit salads. I will probably freeze most. DH loves them and I want to buy some. I was thinking 4, but not sure.

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    ~I think it depends on what type you buy but I'm going to say just one.
    If you're going to use that few berries why not just go to a pick-your-own farm? We have an organic PYO here. Their bushes are 6 feet high and produce at least 10lbs of berries.
    You may be able to forage what you need for free. My mom's back yard has wild blueberries(huckleberries). They are knee high to 10 feet high and produce maybe 2lbs per bush. ~

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    When I bought mine was told you have to have 2 but of different varieties to set good fruit.I have the 2 and it is lots.I got 2 large freezer bags last year and my bushes are still young.

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    Doesn't sound like you need many...........would go for the PYO farms too.

    Allow some for the birds if you buy bushes............they like them A LOT!!

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    I bought 6 last year when the farmstand where I work put them on sale at the end of the year. I got 3 of each of two varieties.

    We will eat whatever blueberries we've got, no matter the price, so I got more than less. My idea is to have as many perrenial food plants as I can, as it cuts down our grocery bill in our old age when we will have a small income. Unfortunately, many of those are trees and grow extremely slowly, but blueberries don't. We had wild blueberries here when we moved in, but they didn't like something and all died, alas.

    You can find PYO places here:

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    Quote Originally Posted by chowder View Post
    When I bought mine was told you have to have 2 but of different varieties to set good fruit.I have the 2 and it is lots.I got 2 large freezer bags last year and my bushes are still young.
    This is a good idea. It's highly recommended to purchase blueberries of different varieties to help with better fruiting. Blueberry bushes in Canada are really expensive, though. I remember spending upwards of $40 per bush on the ones from the previous house. I debating blueberry bushes for here, but we have other things to worry about first.

    I would purchase as many as you have space for. Remember, some varieties are recommended for planting further from and/or closer to other varieties. Make sure that you get excellent quality fertilizer and also, the acidity from spruce and pine needles also helps promote better growth.

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