Blueberries are insect-pollinated; thus, increasing the number of pollinators can be quite beneficial. Blueberry flowers vary greatly in size and shape, depending on species.(Lyrene, 1994) Therefore, having a variety of pollinators like horn-faced bees, mason bees, carpenter bees, bumblebees, orchard bees, and others is important for good fruit set.

Several varieties of blueberry require cross-pollination, and almost all varieties yield better as a result of it. In a pollination study, the variety Patriot, and possibly Northland, benefited from cross pollination, while the variety Bluecrop did not; therefore, highbush blueberry planting design must be based on the pollination requirements of the particular variety.(MacKenzie, 1997) Identify the pollinators that are most efficient for the variety and encourage them to remain in the area by creating insect habitats. Cover crops and adjacent vegetation may act as habitats for beneficial insects that provide pollination and help suppress pest insects and mites. When crops and field borders are managed with beneficials in mind, they often are referred to as refugia, and represent a new approach to attracting pollinators and natural enemies of pests, based on planned biodiversity. To learn more about refugia, request the ATTRA publication Farms-caping to Enhance Biological Control. Additional information on using various bees as pollinators can be found in ATTRA's Alternative Pollinators: Native Bees.

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