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Why no blueberries grown in Wisconsin?!!

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rjlebed Aug 2, 2011 12:48 PM

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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    Tam38 Aug 12, 2011 07:42 AM

    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 from...you can find a version of it in the wild.

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      chocchic Aug 2, 2011 02:24 PM

      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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        Fydeaux Aug 3, 2011 06:07 AM

        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. Monch Aug 2, 2011 01:34 PM

        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: http://www.pickyourown.org/WI.htm

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          rjlebed Aug 2, 2011 02:22 PM

          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
            Monch Aug 2, 2011 02:26 PM

            I guess I'm confused, then...

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

            http://www.pickyourown.org/WIcentral.htm

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

            Hope this is helpful.

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