Large, juicy sweet flavored berries
Usually the first variety to ripen, O'Neal is considered by some to have the best flavor of all the Southern Highbush blueberries, with consistent quality throughout harvest. Summer foliage is an attractive gray-green accented with red stems and branches. Chill Hours: 500-600Ericaceae Vaccinium corymbosum
Southern Highbush blueberries are hybrids of the Northern Highbush blueberry (V. corymbosum) with various southern species (V. ashei , V. darrowi). They are more tolerant of heat and mild winters than the above and do well in warmer and drier areas. They are also less fussy about soil conditions. They are a fairly recent development but have had a big impact because they greatly increase the area where blueberries can be grown.
- Ease of Growing
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- Growing Habit
Blueberries are generally quite hardy. In fact, they require a certain number of "chill hours" to fruit properly the following season.
- Spring Transplant
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
- Cultivar Type
- Extra Early
- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool, Warm, Hot
Grow in acidic, well drained soil. The correct soil pH is important and should be 4.5 to 5.5 for success with this variety.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 45°F - 90°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Plant your blueberries outdoors anytime the ground is not frozen (above 32˚ F)
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cold, Cool, Warm)
Blueberries prefer full sun, but will tolerate light shade (they may be less productive in shade but will still produce some fruit).
Blueberries require constant moisture for maximum productivity. They are actually quite drought tolerant, though in dry situations they will produce less and grow more slowly.
Blueberries are adapted to grow on acidic soils that are fairly poor and they don't need a lot of NPK nutrients. However, they will often be more productive if fed occasionally.
- Tolerates light frost, Needs lots of space
- Small Gardens?
Not recommended for this variety. 'Highbush' blueberry can grow to 4 or 6' tall with a 4 to 6' spread. It is possible to grow them in a large pot with a wide diameter, but you would need to provide adequate support as well.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Juicy, sweet berries.