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Bare Root Blueberries
We’ve been touting blueberries for the last couple of years. It’s almost as if they’ve been rediscovered! One of the reasons for all this press is the health benefits that have recently been found. Another factor is that blueberries are really good container plants. And last, but not least, are the new varieties that can be grown in areas with almost no cold and relatively alkaline soil. We do, however, recommend that you amend your soil if it is alkaline with an acidic soil amendment, such as peat moss or an azalea-camellia mix. Monthly applications of an acidic fertilizer during the growing season will produce the best results.
The blueberries we carry are called Highbush blueberries. This type, as opposed to the Rabbiteye variety, is known for the best quality berry. The plants are generally upright, growing 4 to 6 feet. They make attractive landscape plants in addition to their culinary uses. Blueberries are delicious in pancakes, muffins, in fruit salads, pies and sauces. We’ve included a muffin recipe below.
Bluecrop Northern Blueberry
No. 1 variety, the standard of excellence. Upright, vigorous bush. Very productive; ripens midseason. Large, firm, flavorful blueberry does not drop or crack. Tolerates hot summers if soil is moist, acidic, and high in humus. 800 hours. Self-fruitful.
Blueray Northern Blueberry
Best blueberry variety for hot climates. Fruit is large and firm with excellent flavor. Vigorous, upright bush is very productive; ripens mid season. Requires soil that is moist, acidic and high in humus. 800 hrs. Self-fruitful.
Southern highbush variety with high yields of large, firm dark blue berries. Flavor is sweet and subacid. Vigorous bush with upright and slightly spreading habit. Early ripening and needs very little chill, similar to Sharpblue.
Outstanding flavor for this early season blueberry. Fruit is medium to large, light blue. Consistently productive bush, even in less than optimum blueberry sites. From USDA breeding program in Mississippi. Upright bush 5-8 feet. Ripens early season. 4-500 hours.
Early. In the West, Misty is quite vigorous, growing very well both on the coast and in inland. Excellently flavored blueberry does well in areas with chilling as low as 150 hours and all areas with mild winters and hot summers.
Pink Lemonade Blueberry
Beautiful and striking bright pink fruit that is sweet with translucent flesh. Perfect combination of an ornamental and fruit producing plant! 200 hours.
Large fruit; 75-80 berries per cup. Most adaptable of the low chill blueberries; performs well in heavy to sandy soils. Good for fresh use. Requires frequent harvesting to retain high quality in hot weather. Ripens early. Will grow where there are practically no chilling hours.
Superior flavored blueberry with a long harvest time. The bush is vigorous, upright and does especially well in lighter sandy soil or with generous additions of organic matter. This Florida native is performing well in California, both inland and on the coast where chilling hours reach 2-300 hrs. Ripens mid season. Zones 6-9.
Sunshine Blue Blueberry
Dwarf southern highbush cultivar - 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide. Semi-evergreen, particularly good for container gardening. Firm blueberries, 80 per cup. Yields of 5-10 lbs. per bush. Good fruit quality. Ripens May and June in Florida. More tolerant of high pH soil than other southern highbush and rabbiteye types. Hardy in Zones 5 to 10. 150 hours.