Blueberry plant genetic purity?

Asked August 31, 2016, 12:58 PM EDT

Greetings,
Does the genetic purity of a blueberry plant make a difference when purchasing young blueberry plants?
Some sellers in Europe have plants that they claim are genetically pure, but are twice or three times the cost of what the other sellers are offering for the same cultivar and age of the plant. They claim they are better than most other plants, which are Polish or Romanian hybrid.
Is this true?

Thank you,
Matic

Outside United States blueberries blueberry varieties

2 Responses

Blueberry plants in most all areas are sold as cultivars with names such as 'Bluecrop'. All plants of a cultivars should be genetically identical no matter where they were produced. There are I am sure plant producers who miss-name plants by mistake or perhaps sell one cultivar with another name.

The best way to be sure you are buying the cultivar that you think you are is to purchase the plants from a reputable nursery; one that will stand by their product and replace them if there was a mistake made.

Thank you for the explanation, Eric.