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Highbush Blueberries

Short guide in growing Highbush Blueberries

Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) is the tastiest and favorite berry that you can get out of the garden as the strawberry season comes to an end. By planting different kinds of blueberry you will be able to taste the fruits till the first frost. At the moment we offer a large variety of blueberry – both early and relatively late and gradually producing bushes in various sizes (from 0.8 m up to 2 meter tall "blueberry trees"). The large berries, which are in blue or bright black color with light frosting, have sweet and gentle taste. Only the kinds that produce berries in late autumn and thus lacking the heat of the sun could be a little bit sweeter. In the autumn after frosts the foliage starts to redden.

WHEN TO PLANT?

All through the season – from early spring till late autumn before the soil starts to freeze. Our experience shows that plants that have been grown in plant containers endure planting even during flowering and harvest time. A special remark: it takes 5-6 years for blueberries to start richly producing berries after they are multiplied. Therefore, in order to enjoy the berries sooner, we recommend to plant large (at least 0.5 meters high) plants with many branches and good root system.

WHERE TO PLANT AND HOW TO FERTILIZE?

The best place to grow blueberries is a sunny place where the soil is rich with nutriments with acidic (pH 5.5) reaction, for example, peat substratum which is used also for growing rhododendrons, hydrangeas and heathers. To help the soil to warm up faster you can add 1/5 of pine tree bark mulch to the substratum.

PRUNING AND CULTIVATING

  • The strong sprouts of the previous year have to be shortened by cutting – leaving half of the shoot;
  • If the mature tops of older sprouts have suffered during the winter, prune them;
  • It is recommended to fertilize blueberries with granulated mineral fertilizers that are meant for plants that like acidic soil. Usually it is done twice a year (in April and at the end of June). You can also use water-soluble fertilizer that can be applied once every two weeks.
    Important! Before fertilizing the soil has to be moist!
  • In order to keep the soil moist longer and hinder the growth of weed, it is recommended to use pine tree bark mulch;
  • If there is a risk that mice can gnaw the bark of the new sprouts during the winter, cover the soil around the bushes with fir-tree needles.
  • Vaccinium corymbosum
    (varieties)

    Highbush Blueberry

    Crown: rounded shrub
    Foliage: green, shades of red - orange - yellow in Autumn
    Flowers: white-pink, bell-shaped, V

  • 'Bluecrop'

    Height: 1.5 m
    Width: 1.2 m

    Edible berries - blue, ripen gradually; mid-season variety.

  • 'Bluegold'

    Height: 1.2-1.5 m
    Width: 1.2 m

    Edible berries - blue, medium large, VIIe-VIII

  • 'Blue Haven'

    Height: 1.5-2 m
    Width: 1.5 m

    Edible berries - blue, very tasty, ripen gradually; mid-season variety (VII-VIII).

  • 'Blue Ray'

    Height: 1.5 m
    Width: 1.2 m

    Edible berries - blue, ripen gradually; mid-season variety.

  • 'Chandler'

    Height: 1.5-2 m
    Width: 1.2 m

    Edible berries - large (cherry size), very delicious; heavy producing, mid to late-season variety (early August - mid September) ripens over a prolonged period.
    This variety is not self-fruitful (meaning it can't pollinate itself) and should be planted with the same or other variety of blueberry.

  • 'Chippewa'

    Height: 1-1.2 m
    Width: 1-1.2 m

    Edible berries - blue, sweet; mid-season variety.

  • 'Coville'

    Height: 1.5-2 m
    Width: 1.2 m

    Edible berries - deep blue, very delicious, ripen gradually; late-season variety (VIII-XI).

  • 'Nelson'

    Height: 1.2-1.5 m
    Width: 1.2-1.5 m

    Edible berries - blue, large (comparatively late-season variety).

  • 'Patriot'

    Height: 1.5 m
    Width: 1.2 m

    Edible berries - blue, large, ripen gradually, produces abundantly; early-season variety.

  • 'Polaris'

    Height: 1 m
    Width: 0.7 m

    Edible berries - blue, ripen gradually, in Summer. This variety is not self-fruitful (meaning it can't pollinate itself) and should be planted with other varieties of blueberry.

  • 'Toro'

    Height: 1-1.2 m
    Width: 1-1.2 m

    Edible berries - blue, large, sweet, ripen gradually, in the end of Summer.

  • there are also some new varieties:

    • 'Pink Lemonade'
    • 'Sierra'

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