High tunnel grown blueberry produces fruits sooner and better quality

Suziblue' blueberries grown in a high tunnel at Randolph Farm. Photo taken May 10, 2016.

Suziblue’ blueberries grown in a high tunnel at Randolph Farm. Photo taken May 10, 2016.

Growing blueberries, in an unheated greenhouse called a high tunnel, may be a good alternative for Virginia growers. Some early blueberry varieties with low chill requirements can take advantage of the high tunnel conditions and produce high quality berries very early in the season when demand for locally grown berries is high. In a high tunnel at Virginia State University’s Randolph Farm, several southern highbush varieties are producing higher quality fruit that are two to three weeks earlier than the same varieties grown in the field.

If you need additional information about growing blueberry in the field or in the high tunnel, contact:

Reza Rafie, arafie@vsu.edu, 804-712-4600
Chris Mullins, cmullins@vsu.edu, 804-543-2559

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