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BLUEBBERRY Vaccinium L. (ERICACEAE)

Vernacular names: blueberry, whortleberry, bilberry, cranberry, huckleberry
Commercially important are the highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum L.), the lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium Aiton) and hybrids.

Delicious fruit

Uses
The fruits can be eaten fresh but are usually preferred when processed into jams, jellies and preserves. The wood is very hard and that of several species is used for utensils and firewood. Young leaves of some species are used as a vegetable.
Ecology and planting
The agronomy of the highbush blueberry and its hybrids is fairly well established and has been adapted to tropical conditions provids a clear annual pattern of flowering and fruiting emerges. Clonal propagation through cuttings, the relatively large fruit size, and simple forms of mechanical harvesting facilitate commercial production.
Mycorrhiza & Bio-fertilizers
Blueberries have very specific ericoid mycorrhiza and belong to species with high dependency on mycorrhiza. Field and pot experiments showed that survival of cuttings at planting is better when the plants are treated with mycorrhiza. About 20% increase in growth at early stages after planting may be expected. Mycorrhiza combined with biofertilizer also increased fruit production by 20% . Mycorrhiza was also reported to increase sugar production in fruits. Savings of 50% of fertilization can be expected within the first two seasons. Mycorrhizal product Rhodovit® may be ideally applied at propagation stage in a nursery or in combination with biofertilizer Conavit® at field planting. Mature plantations may also be treated by injection i.e. retrofitting products into rooting zone.
Recommended products:
 
Rhodovit: ericoid mycorrhizal product
Conavit: slow release fertlizer
 

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Info sheet Blueberry [PDF]