No bees yet, Blueberry recommendation(s) needed
Last summer I purchased five blueberry bushes. The Premier, Pink Lemonade and Top Hat are currently blooming. Premier looks like it may be close to done. I'm afraid we won't have fruit from the Premier or PL this year. So far I've seen only 1 bee, and it wasn't near the blueberries.
The weather here was unseasonably cold (30s) throughout March and then suddenly went into the 80s in early April. Back to 60s now. However I found a site that listed Premier's bloom time as late winter/early spring. I'm concerned that lack of bees for pollination may be an ongoing problem.
Here are the blossom and fruit times of the varieties I have:
Premier--blooms late winter/early spring, fruit in late May, early June
Pink Lemonade-- blooms spring, fruit in late July, early August
Top Hat--blooms spring, fruit in late August
Sunshine Blue--blooms mid-spring, fruit in late June
Sweet Crisp--blooms mid-spring, not sure of fruit time
All the blueberries are in large pots on an east-facing deck. I do have plenty of bee-attracting plants on the deck and in gardens below but none are in bloom now. I did just purchase a salvia, pincushion flower and yarrow...also put out a hummingbird feeder and root beer. Any other ideas welcome.
I would like to have the longest blueberry season possible. Should I add another variety or replace the Premier (and/or Pink Lemonade), and if so, with what? Is there a self-pollinating variety, suitable for containers, that blooms and fruits early?
This post was edited by dsb22 on Mon, Apr 22, 13 at 12:13