Ka-bluey blueberry

another_buffalo(6)February 6, 2013

Well, I put in my plant order and for blueberries went for Elizabeth and Ka-bluey. Has anyone tried these? Hope I didn't fall for advertising story.....

Is it possible to take cuttings from these blueberries and make new plants from them?

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blueboy1977(TX9A/B)

If the plants are patented your not suppost to propigate the plants untill the patent expires. I belive its 10 years on patents but I may be wrong. If you do propigate them I wouldnt tell anyone about it!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 4:05PM
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Bradybb WA-Zone8

I haven't tried Ka-bluey,but Elizabeth is very good. Brady

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 4:09PM
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northwoodswis4

I have several KaBlueys. They don't get many, if any, berries on them. I suspect they are not fully hardy in zone 4a. I have about 70 bushes of various varieties, and the rest bear fine after a couple years. Northwoodswis

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 5:19PM
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fruitmaven_wiz5(5)

Northwoodswis, do you have a favorite variety of blueberry?

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 10:56AM
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brookw_gw

I've given up on both Ka-Bluey and Elizabeth. I've tried to establish them over the last six years and have had no success; they die out in the heat of summer here. The berries I got from them were sparse and nothing exceptional anyway. I must say though that Gurney's is great about honoring their lifetime guarantee and have no fault w/the company, only the variety.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 1:33PM
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northwoodswis4

As far as flavor goes, I like St. Cloud the best. For reliability Northland is very good. Chandler gets huge berries over a long season, but only if we have a mild winter, so maybe not fully hardy here. Overall, there isn't a real difference in flavor in most of the varieties I have tried. Northwoodswis

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 1:44PM
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Edymnion(7a)

If the plants are patented your not suppost to propigate the plants untill the patent expires. I belive its 10 years on patents but I may be wrong. If you do propigate them I wouldnt tell anyone about it!

Slight correction there. He can propagate it all he wants, the patent does not cover natural functions of the plant, which includes reproduction.

He just can't go selling the offspring.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2013 at 3:07PM
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Bradybb WA-Zone8

Edymnion,
I'm not so sure about that.I was just reading some past threads and some have different views on plant patents.
Here is one in the link.There are a lot of opinions in the thread and some links to patent law.About halfway into the thread,a doctor of Agronomy chimes in and wrote that even some plant seeds are under patent.
It's an interesting thread just to read. Brady

Here is a link that might be useful: Patented Plants

    Bookmark   February 8, 2013 at 11:46PM
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blueboy1977(TX9A/B)

A patented plant is not suppost to be propagated. The reason for the patent is to protect the grower who put in all the work and breeding to produce it. You can how ever use the seeds to reproduce a patented plant as it will not be exactly like the parent plant. Tissue cultured plants are cheap if bought small, like $6 or so. Plus they produce a superior plant after the first year compared to rooted cuttings. What's the point for a patent if someone could buy one plant and turn it into 100s of plants? Not saying you can't propagate them, just don't make it public knowledge and dang sure don't sell them! The inventor deserves his cut of the money. I've done my home work on this topic and every thing that has to do with blueberries. I had the same idea! Florida Hill Nursry doesnt have the best reputation but they offer Northern and Southern High Bush tissue culture plugs for cheap. Plus it's a legal plant that's certified disease free. That's a pretty sweet deal! You could always contact the University of Florida and ask them about patent regulations on blueberries as they hold many of them. They won't steer you wrong. I was wrong in my first post, patents are 20 years.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 7:19AM
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greenorchardmom(Ga Mts 7)

Propagating before the patent is released is bad karma indeed
anyway... I sampled a grower friend's Kabluey & much to my dismay was not at all impressed
taste is subjective but I detected none of the special complex stuff
I was so ready to buy it before that!
Gurneys has an awesome way of making all they sell sound soooo good
which has not been my experience
Maybe they have different soil rain & sunshine.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 1:09PM
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garedneck

I can't believe how early they ripened, but i just picked some Ka-bluey blueberries and they were sweet and delicious. I had to net the plant to keep the birds away. Nice big blue blueberries about 1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter. I have other types of blueberries and have picked many other at orchards and have to say the Ka-bluey were among the best for fresh eating. The bush is about 4 years old and 3 feet in diameter.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 9:29PM
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sara7worthington(5)

The best thing about the kabluey is the rabbits dont touch it. They ate all five of my other plant but have left the kabluey alone. Other than birds I have no pest problems with it. This is the first year it has fruited and they are not ripe yet so I cant say how they taste yet mabye next week.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 7:55AM
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wallflye

Qualifier: My experience with growing blueberries is limited to Ka Bluey.
So, with that said, 3 yrs ago I purchased 2 3yr old Ka Blueys from Garden Alive. Put them in the ground with not much success - deer grazing and I think not enough sunlight. 2 yrs ago I transferred them to very large pots (a little smaller than whiskey barrels), applied sulfur pellets to ensure acidity and tested acidity level to be about 5 pH as well as recommended soil mixtures, and full sun. They all grew vigorously, in spite of some gall, but no fruits, until this year. This year probably produced a couple of pints. Tasted them as soon as they looked purple. Good taste - peachy, but a little tart. HOWEVER, when I let them stay on the plant for a week or so more, they were FABULOUS tasting. So, based on my very limited experience, I plan on letting them ripen a bit longer before picking. Hoping also for a bumper crop in 2014 as they will be about 7 yrs old.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 4:19PM
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Bradybb WA-Zone8

I agree,leaving the fruit on the plant to ripen fully,usually makes a big difference in taste. Brady

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 10:35PM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

I got the large sized one from Gurney's last spring and potted it. Grew very well last year and this year too. Had a few berries this year and have high hopes for next year. The berries tasted very good. The foliage is extremely thick/dense and grows from multiple shoots coming out of the ground. Have 6 different varieties potted and the Ka-bluey is the only one that has a case of red ringspot virus. Doesn't seem to be affecting the plant too much except it looks like hell.

This post was edited by edweather on Thu, Aug 15, 13 at 0:16

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 12:14AM
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drew51 SE MI Z5b/6a

I have to grow NHB types and have Toro, Liberty and Chandler. I'm pretty happy with the plants. I want to add more, but room is an issue. These plants grow big enough once mature should provide me with enough berries. I really would like to add an early variety, the above is mid, mid-late, and late. To cover the whole season an early is needed. I'm thinking of Spartan, probably the best tasting early NHB.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 10:37AM
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Bradybb WA-Zone8

Oh yeah,Spartan may be my favorite NHB.
By the way,nice work on your plantings,Drew. Brady

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 4:41PM
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