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    I am carrying out a little experiment: Blueberries from seed! I already grow several varieties of blueberry and enjoy eating the little beauties: now its time to expand the collection! So a bit of a longterm project is called for: a handful of tasty Tescos finest Chilean origin, Birgitta variety blueberries have been deseeded (very fiddly, a suprising amount of tiny seeds in each blueberry), the seeds have been cleaned with a papertowel and the seeds planted in peat based seedling compost, misted with water and sealed in a clear plastic bag. They are now outside the back door getting used to life in Oxford and increasing their chilled hours to break dormancy before being brought back inside to a sunny windowsill to see if they sprout. I will monitor to see how many seedlings I get....

    Yes I know cuttings would be easier, and blueberry cuttings take nicely, but its an experiment.... plus in one sowing I might get dozens of plants to munch from (albeit in about 5 years time.....). And I was bored and it was better than watching Eastenders

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    oooh this sounds very enterprising Welshwizard very interested to see how this comes out......i have wondered how i could increase my stock of bushes, this sounds interesting as well as taking cuttings. Have you done cuttings then? when is the best time and what age do the bushes have to be?

    Well i read somewhere that boredom is a great thing! apparently it forces us to find things to do and be creative.....certainly worked in your case!

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    I would have thought that taking 12" cuttings in autumn would be a good way to try to propagate them.
    If that fails (some people say it will fail), you could try "layering" - tie a branch to the ground and cover with a mound of soil.
    ...or, if yours has multiple stems near ground level, cover the bases of the stems with soil, to encourage roots to grow into the soil. Therefore, each stem will have it's own roots and the stems can be cut off and planted individually in autumn.

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    According to the RHS:

    "Blueberries can be propagated from cuttings. Evergreen species tend to grow better from semi-ripe cuttings (taken in late June - early July). Deciduous species grow well either from semi-ripe or from softwood cuttings (taken in late spring). Select shoots that are 10-15cm (4-6in) long, and tear them off the main stem with a ‘heel’ of older wood attached at the base. Remove the lower leaves, and dip the base and heel in a hormone rooting powder or liquid. Insert the cuttings into a mix of 25% soil-free ericaceous compost, and 75% sharp sand. Place in a heated propagator with a bottom heat of 20°C, in a partially shaded position. Rooting should take about four weeks."

    Personally I just prune a bit off, dip in rooting powder and put in a pot of compost. Seems to work for me....the frustrating part is the wait for the cutting to grow big enough to give fruit! However the seeds are a bit of fun and I am interested to see if they germinate and what the seedling blueberries look like.

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    I know this is an old thread but I wondered whether WelshWizard had grown any blueberries from seed, or anyone else.
    I'm just about to try the same thing with Morrison's Star Blueberries from Chile. Any encouragement would be appreciated!
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    VC, never grown Blueberries from seed but I know you can buy Blueberry seeds from Plant World Seeds, perhaps there is info on their website?

    Just checked their website and there is some info.
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    Thanks FF. Just had a look at PWS. Had to stop myself from ordering Wonderberries and other interesting seeds. I'll give my blueberries a go - nothing to lose and everything to gain, eventually!
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