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Aug 2, 2011 12:48 PM

Why no blueberries grown in Wisconsin?!!

Just was talking with a friend who also loves blueberries. While the climates are similar in Michigan and Wisconsin, there really are no blueberries grown (en masse) in Wisconsin. Anyone know of where we would find some or, why there are none?

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  1. Apologies for not having the time to help by providing more research, but I found this site and it appears to at least address the question of where to find blueberries:

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    1. re: Monch

      No apologies necessary. But, if you look at the site that you sent, it actually proves my point. Lots of picking of strawberries, apples, other things, but very few, if any, blueberries.......... :-(

      1. re: rjlebed

        I guess I'm confused, then...

        Hailing from Central Wisconsin, I had clicked on that and did find a few farms:

        You're right that they are scarce, but they seem to be available.

        Hope this is helpful.

    2. We've actually tried growing blueberries in our own backyard garden with no luck. I'm thinking maybe more to do with soil type that weather.

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      1. re: chocchic

        We've been growing them for several years. When we can keep the squirrels & rabbits away, they come out great. I have no idea about commercial growers though, but they always seem to be available at local farm stands.

      2. We have lot of wild lowbush blueberries, but commercial blueberries take a lot of sun (top half of the state is heavily treed), fiddly soil ph (acidic), and well-drained land (middle of the state is marshy and grows cranberries).

        Because of the natural difficulties and the extra work to keep them at the right ph level, blueberries are usually considered more difficult than most cultivators want to do. I think it would be fairly easy to grow them in the cropland of southern Wisconsin, but its already heavily used for milk cows and their silage.

        I live in central Wisconsin where a lot of cranberries are grown. There are at least 2 pick-your-own sites within a 30 minute drive. Both are run by retired potato farmers. I could find at least 4 more with a county of us. The county to the south is where one of the main lowbush blueberry cultivars is can find a version of it in the wild.

        1. DNR put those red worms in the ground for some reason.In 77 I moved to Chippewa county and we had nice big highland blueberries behind our house in the woods.Four years later they were gone.A couple years after that we were invaded by moles who loved those red worms.I'm told the worms are moving across the state. Apparently they like certain soft roots.Thus ,no bluberries.

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