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Q.Does dormant blueberry bush need sunlight? (will they survive 3 months in dark unheated basement/garage)

Zone Toronto, Canada | splui added on September 9, 2017 | Answered


I have a question about dormancy. I have 2 blueberries bush plants in a 16″ pot on my balcony and I live in Toronto (winters go below freezing for 3-4 months). I was instructed to relocate the pot in my unheated basement garage during the months with freezing temperature, and water it once a month. My question is that do dormant plants require sunlight? My basement has no light.

Please let me know thank you!


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Answered on September 10, 2017

Even in dormancy, blueberries need some light. In fact most blueberries require a period of roughly 200 hours of temperatures between 37 and 42 degrees to fruit properly the next year. Here is an article that will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/blueberries/growing-blueberry.htm

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