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Growing Blueberries From Seed – Cooperative Extension: Maine Wild Blueberries – University Of Maine Cooperative Extension

Prepared by D. A. Abdalla, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service, Orono, ME 04469. February 23, 1967.

Lowbush blueberries may be propagated quite easily from seed. The plants can then be set out in prepared rows, vacant areas in fields or as an decorative floor cover plant for domestic landscaping. The first-rate time to start seed is in January or February.

DirectionsObtain seed from blueberries which have been frozen at the least 90 days. This will damage the seeds’ nest length. A small amount of seed will begin pretty some seedlings.

Extract the seed by one of the following techniques:Waring Blender (Kitchen Blender)Place 3/four cup of thawed berries in blender. Fill three/4 full with water. Put on cap and run blender at high velocity for 10-15 seconds. Allow to stand 5 mins. Seed will sink to the lowest at the same time as pulp will live suspended in the water. Very slowly pour off some of this pulp and upload clean water. Allow seed to settle again. Slowly pour off more pulpy water. Add extra sparkling water. Allow seed to settle. Keep repeating this cycle till all the pulp is eliminated and handiest blueberry seed stays in the bottom. Remove seed and spread on a paper towel to dry.

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Food GrinderGrind 3/4 cup of thawed blueberries and area in quart jar. Wash inner of grinder into jar also. Fill to a few/four complete with water and cap. Shake vigorously for a couple of minutes. Allow to face 5 mins as above, and follow same method in pouring off the pulp.Mashing Berries In a Bowl Place 3/4 cup of thawed berries in a blending bowl. Mash very well with a pedestal. Place in a quart jar and observe identical process as above.Sow seed in a flat, three″ box full of finely ground moist sphagnum moss. Just sprinkle seed evenly over the moss then cover with a totally skinny moss overlaying. It is essential not to make this covering thick. Keep moss wet however not soaked and vicinity flat in a warm room (60 to 70 stages F) and cover with a newspaper.Seed must germinate in about one month. Remove the newspaper. The rising seedlings are very tiny. Once they begin emerging, vicinity flat in a sunny window or greenhouse. Keep seedlings moist and permit them to grow in the moss tillto three inches tall.Carefully eliminate seedlings (specifically around the root gadget). Pot every seedling ininches to three inches of peat or plastic pots using a combination of 1/3 peat, 1/three sand, and 1/three soil. Water well and keep seedlings in a sunny area. Afteror three weeks fertilize the potted seedlings with a liquid fertilizer along with Start-N-Gro etc. at 1/2 the encouraged charge.After frost threat is beyond set out seedlings in the favored vicinity. Water nicely all summer time. A 10-10-10 fertilizer on the charge of one pound consistent with 100 square feet may be worked into the soil earlier than planting. The first iciness, mulch the seedlings with straw, sawdust or pine needles (approximately November 1). Remove in the spring whilst buds swell. At this time 10-10-10 fertilizer can once more be introduced at the fee of one pound per a hundred square feet.Blueberry flora like a variety of water (however now not until the soil is waterlogged). The plants need to bloom and set some berries whenyears antique.

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