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Mason bee in a Draper blossom

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 19, 2018

mason bee in Draper

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Improving Blueberry fruit set

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 30, 2016

Honeybees are easily enticed to floral sources even miles away. Once the blackberry blossoms open it’s hard to keep the honeybees at home in your blueberry field.

Mason bees like to forage within a few hundred feet of their nests. Placing Mason bee nests close to “hard to pollinate” blueberry varieties is a way to combat poor fruit set.

The picture below  shows poor fruit set in a Draper blueberry plant. Start your own pollination with Mason bees!

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Draper fruit

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Mulcher makes short work of blueberry plants

Posted by blueberrytalk on February 19, 2010

It took just a few hours for  this mulcher to chop up an acre of blueberry plants to make room for a new variety – Draper.


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Durable Draper blueberry

Posted by blueberrytalk on August 30, 2008

This is the first year to experience the Draper variety of blueberry since it is a new variety. We left some bushes unpicked to see how the berries would survive. In spite of several rainy days the tough Draper skin shows amazing resistance to splitting. After a rain a week ago many ripe Bluecrop berries split making them unsuitable for fresh market. Continuous rain for the last two days has left the Draper in the condition shown in the pictures below.

Draper blueberry

Draper blueberry


To see how late these Drapers are see a picture below of some Elliots which have already had a light picking and from the picture you can see they will be picked again soon. (Elliots are a very late berry.) Drapers seem very forgiving as to when they are harvested which is a huge plus for a grower. The thick skin of the Draper should carry lots of antioxidants for such a large berry.  Click on the pictures to enlarge.

Elliot blueberry

Elliot blueberry

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