Very large, classic berries, heavy producer, Chill Hours: 1000+
Chill Hours: 1000+
An old favorite and heavy producer, Blueray performs particularly well in areas with hot summers or very cold winters, and produces high quality berries with outstanding dessert flavor. The stunning rosy pink flowers turn bright white when in full bloom.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, they require a certain number of "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?
Growing in a container is not recommended for this variety. The 'Highbush' blueberry can grow to 4 to 6' tall with a 3 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?
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Large, classic berries.