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Blueberries from seed

 
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Commercial blueberries don’t grow well here. I haven’t had any survive in the ground.  I have two in pots. I’ve been looking for some species that are less picky about soil conditions.  I haven’t had any luck finding plants. I ordered Vaccinium palladium seeds from EBay last night.  It’s native to my state, MO.  I also have hybrid blueberries seeds from Oikos. They call them dry land blueberries. Has anyone grown blueberries from seed?

They are so tiny, I’m not sure how to germinate them. I know they need cold stratification. Is there any way to scarify seeds that small? ’m hoping it’s not too late to just put them outside. One site said 60 days and another 90. Neither said how cold they need to be. I plan to try a couple different methods with at least one tray outside. I should have about 140 seeds. I’d like to end up with at least 15 plants.

I know the seeds would have to be very near the surface. How do you prevent burying them or floating them when watering? Would you plant them in peat moss or potting soil?
 
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I’ve heard feeding them to birds promotes sprouting. Totally anecdotal. Replicates natural seed spreading.

Maybe use an acid bath or... take cuttings. Eat well!
 
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blueberry needs acid soil well drained
you might try, 1/2 peat moss 1/2 sand in a seed starting tray, plant seeds cover with like paper towel over winer and in spring hopefully you will have growth, with bagged peat and bagged sand at least you will know there are no weed seeds to compete with your crop
 
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