Medium to large, rich flavored berries, Chill Hours: 800-1000+
Chill Hours: 800-1000+
Reka was selected and developed in New Zealand. It is vigorous, fast-growing, and adapts well to a wide range of Northern climates and soil types. Gardeners will marvel at Reka's bountiful yields of early-ripening, medium-sized, exceptional-tasting berries. Burgundy red fall color is an added landscape bonus!Ericaceae Vaccinium corymbosum
Highbush Blueberry is native to Northeastern North America and forms the basis of the blueberry growing industry. It was first grown as a commercial crop of the early 1900s when Elizabeth White and Frederick Coville of Whitesbog, New Jersey began identifying superior wild plants and developing improved cultivars. To grow well these species require an acidic soil and a fairly long chill period. These are primarily self pollinating, but benefit from better pollination and larger fruit when planted with a second selections.
- Ease of Growing
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- Growing Habit
Blueberries are generally quite hardy. In fact, this variety needs 800-1000+ "chill hours" to fruit properly the following season.
- Spring Transplant
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool, Warm
Grow in acidic, well drained soil.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 45°F - 85°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 5' 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?
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- Taste Profile