Q: I went from Victoria to Sydney to visit a nursery I heard sold great blueberry plants. I read somewhere that they don't like the lime in our tap water, so instead I have been buying distilled water and collecting rainwater for them. The salesperson insisted that I buy more than one so they can pollinate, so I bought three. After getting them home, I discovered that two of them are one kind of blueberry plant, while the third is a different kind. Will they still pollinate?
Not to worry, your blueberries will be just fine. We consulted expert Sheryl of Cheyenne Tree Farms, who is very knowledgeable about fruit and berry pollination. She says:
“You do not need more than one blueberry to pollinate. If you do plant two different varieties or cultivars, the plants are able to cross-pollinate and produce higher yields with bigger berries. They like acidic, peaty, moist soils. Adding peat moss to your soil or the use of acidic fertilizers may help with the alkalinity.”