What to plant in my orchard in the Lower Alsea Valley

Asked December 2, 2020, 1:29 PM EST

I am looking for the best blueberry and grape varieties to go in the Lower Alsea Valley for a home garden, not commericial production. Do you have advice? Thank you.

Benton County Oregon

1 Response

Hello, I wish you would have been more specific about where you live. Unfortunately, the term Lower Alsea Valley’s location is not something that I understand exactly where it is. Is it from the area of Tidewater to Waldport or from Alsea to the area of where the hatchery road is where the valley shrinks considerably? I have researched both blueberries and grapes. I am attaching a couple of Oregon State Extension publications that should help you make your choices. The first publication is called ‘Blueberries for the Home Garden’ https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/ec1304/html. This publication discusses the types of blueberries and their care. It covers everything. As it recommends Northern Highbush Blueberry selections for the Willamette Valley I recommend these for you as there are no recommendations for the Coastal areas specifically. I also recommend them for your area avoid the rabbiteye and Southern Highbush varieties. Site selection and soil types should be particularly important to adhere to. This next publication is ‘Blueberry Cultivars for the Pacific Northwest’ https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/pnw656/html . This publication discusses cultivars. The small charts in the right margins carry the information you need for cultivar selection. Click on those charts and print them off as you can not read them without doing so. Using these charts, you can select cultivars that ripen throughout the season and have blueberries from June to September. More than one variety (cultivar) will also increase yields.

The next publication discusses grapes. Since you did not specify, I am sending information on table grapes. https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog/files/project/pdf/ec1639.pdf. This document discusses everything about grapes. From site selection, training new vines, trellis options, pruning. On page four of this document it discusses choosing a suitable cultivar for your location. All the way at the end Appendix A talks about varieties. Based on that choose early to mid-season ripening cultivars as they should ripen in your area.

I hope this information helps you. Happy Gardening!