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What are Blueberries

What are Blueberries?

Packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, Blueberries are one of the most nutritious foods. Blueberries are reported to improve memory and combat other issues associated with aging. Did you know that frozen blueberries retain all the nutrition and health benefits of fresh blueberries? Grow your own blueberry plants and enjoy blueberries all year! Grow organic blueberries and benefit from even higher levels of antioxidants!

Are Blueberries Easy to Grow

Are Blueberries Easy to Grow?

With the proper light, soil, and water blueberry bushes are easy to grow. Plant in full sun and moist, acidic soil for optimal growth. We carry several varieties so you are sure to find a blueberry plant or three that suits your needs! Blueberries, like apples, grow best when they are able to cross-pollinate with another variety, but we do carry self pollinating Blueberry varieties for those of us with small spaces.

 

How to Plant Blueberry Bushes

When planting Blueberry Bushes, dig a hole twice the width of the root ball and not quite as deep as the root ball is tall. Place your plant evenly in the hole. The top of the root ball should be slightly higher than the existing soil line. Backfill with the soil you dug out. Water deeply until the water begins to pool on the ground surface. Apply 1 to 2 inches of mulch to reduce watering needs and help eliminate weeds. Water daily for the first week and 2 to 3 times weekly for the first 2 months until your plant is established.  

How to Plant Blueberry Bushes
How to Prune Blueberry Bushes

How to Prune Blueberry Bushes

Prune Blueberries in late winter or early spring. Young bushes and dwarf blueberry bushes rarely require pruning. Pruning established Blueberry plants can increase fruit yields and the health of your plant. Consider that the best portion of your crop will emerge from strong, newer, upright canes on the top half of your bush. Start by pruning back any low spreading branches. Remove the oldest canes all the way to the ground. Prune back any overgrown canes to match up with the rest of your bush. Remove the short, thin shoots that will not be able to bear a load of fruit. Do not remove more than ⅓ of you plant per year. Remove dead or broken branches when you notice them.

How Far Apart do You Plant Blueberry Bushes?

Give Blueberry Bushes plenty of space to grow. To determine how far apart you should plant your Blueberries, find the mature width of the Blueberry varieties you have chosen. Use the mature size plus at least 1 foot to measure out your planting area. For example if your bush grows to 5-6 feet wide, plant the bushes at least 7 feet apart from center to center of each plant. If you want to create a hedge for landscape purposes, plant closer, but no less than 5 feet.

Far Apart do You Plant Blueberry Bushes
How to Grow Blueberry Plants

How to Grow Blueberry Plants

Plant Blueberry Bushes in full sun and acidic, well-drained, but moist soil. Blueberry plants will be the most productive if you keep the soil moist during the growing season. Fertilize in spring with a very berry fertilizer. Keep your plants mulched throughout the year to help the ground retain moisture and protect the roots during temperature extremes. Blueberry Bush care is easy if you have acidic soil. Plant in sun and water! Growing Blueberries in a soil pH of 4.5 to 5.5 will get you the best results. If your soil is not acidic you will have some challenges, but your soil can be amended with elemental sulfur or even compost to lower the pH. Planting Blueberries in pots is another option to keep things simple when you have difficult conditions.

 

Can you Use Blueberries as a Landscape Shrub?

Blueberry shrubs make great hedges! You don’t need to hide your fruit plants in the backyard! Practical and beautiful, blueberry bushes look lovely in the landscape. Prune in late winter to early spring to the size and shape you desire. Flowers, berries, and great fall color…what more could you want?

Read more about our Best Bushes for Fall Color.

Blueberries as a Landscape Shrub
Where to Buy Blueberry Plants

Where to Buy Blueberry Plants

For the best selection and quality, buy Blueberry Bushes online. We ship them directly to your home from our North Carolina nursery. At PlantingTree we are a family owned online garden center that offers healthy, high quality trees and plants for sale online. Scroll up to view our available inventory of Blueberry plants for sale.

Read our blog What is the Best Blueberry Bush to Buy for more information on buying Blueberry Bushes.

Blueberry Bush Types and Varieties

Rabbiteye Blueberry Bushes

Rabbiteye blueberries, like Brightwell, Climax, Powderblue, Premier, and Tifblue perform best with cross-pollination so you want to choose more than 1 variety. These tasty berries will provide you with a huge crop that you can share! Rabbiteye blueberries are heat and drought tolerant as well as pest resistant. These blueberries grow best in the southern United States.

Vaccinium virgatum ‘Brightwell’
Growing Zones 7, 8, 9
Mature Size: 6 to 8 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide
 
The Brightwell blueberry, is a heavy producer and fast growing blueberry plant. This blueberry bush is self-fertile, but will produce heavier yields per plant if you pair with a different variety like the Tifblue. The Brightwell is the most cold hardy of the Rabbiteye blueberries.
Vaccinium ashei 'Climax'
Growing Zones 7, 8, 9
Mature Size: 6 to 8 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide
 
The Climax is a southern rabbiteye blueberry that can provide an abundant crop in the very first season. Being an early producer, you won’t have to wait for your blueberries! Highest yields will occur when crossed with a Premier or a Tifblue.
Vaccinium ashei 'Powderblue'
Growing Zones 7, 8, 9
Mature Size: 6 to 8 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide
 
Easy to grow, low maintenance and delicious, the Powderblue Blueberry is a great choice for the home gardener. Cross pollinate with the Tifblue or the Brightwell for maximum yield.
Vaccinium ashei 'Premier'
Growing Zones 7, 8, 9
Mature Size: 6 to 8 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide
 
A vigorous fruiter and attractive in the landscape, the Premier Blueberry is sure to be a winner! This large, plump, sweet berry is great for eating plain or baked in a pie.
Vaccinium virgatum 'Tifblue'
Growing Zones 7, 8, 9
Mature Size: 6 to 8 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide
 
The hardy Tifblue Blueberry produces an excellent harvest year after year. This Blueberry shrub is a tried and true southern rabbiteye. Cross-pollinate with the Brightwell for the best yield.
Northern Highbush Blueberry Bushes
Northern Highbush Blueberries are the most commonly cultivated blueberries. These popular berries tend to be sweet, large, and plump. Northern Highbush blueberry plants are cold hardy and self-fertile so you don't need a pollinator for grow these delicious blueberries. Although cross pollination will increase the yield of individual plants.
Vaccinium corymbosum 'Bluecrop'
Growing Zones 4, 5, 6, 7
Mature Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide
 
Bluecrop Blueberry plants have huge, juicy berries. These Blueberry Bushes offer a mid-season blueberry harvest with high yield. This variety is disease resistant and is the most popular Northern Highbush blueberry.
Vaccinium corymbosum 'Blueray'
Growing Zones 4, 5, 6, 7
Mature Size: 5 to 6 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide
 
These Blueberries are a huge, all-purpose fruit with dessert quality flavor. The sweet berries are versatile; eat them fresh, freeze them, bake them, or cook them! Whatever your heart desires, these berries will suit your needs. Blueray Blueberries offer a mid-season blueberry harvest with high yield.
Vaccinium corymbosum 'Jersey'
Growing Zones 4, 5, 6, 7
Mature Size: 6 to 8 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide
 
Jersey Blueberries have plump, delicious fruit. Your kids will eat these yummy berries endlessly! This blueberry is a late season berry with a high yield. The Jersey blueberry plant makes a lovely landscape shrub or hedge. It has very pretty, fiery fall foliage.
Vaccinium corymbosum 'Toro’
Growing Zones 4, 5, 6, 7
Mature Size: 5 to 6 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide
 
The Toro is a heavy producing, self pollinating, beautiful Blueberry Bush that doubles as an excellent landscape shrub. The multi-purpose berries are large, juicy, and sweet and great for fresh eating, cooking, and baking.
Our Very Berry Fertilizer is specially formulated to help your Berry plants thrive! Give your Berry plants the boost they need with this plant food. Berry plants need acidic soil to thrive. In neutral soils, they grow poor, if they grow at all, and will often yellow. Be sure to test your soil prior to use and avoid possible overfeeding.
 

Southern Highbush Blueberry Bushes

Vaccinium corymbosum 'Georgia Gem'
Growing Zones 7, 8, 9
Mature Size: 6 to 8 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide
 
Try the Georgia Gem if you are looking for a southern highbush blueberry variety that doesn’t need another plant for pollination. This delicious variety offers plenty of fruit on just one plant. The fruit is sweet with a hint of tartness.

Dwarf Blueberry Bushes

Vaccinium corymbosum 'ZF06-079'
Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Mature Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and feet wide
 
This dwarf fruit bush is hardy, versatile, adaptable, low maintenance, and self pollinating. The Pink Icing Blueberry Bush produces large, sweet berries. With pink foliage that transitions to blue and purple with hints of turquoise in fall, this semi-evergreen blueberry bush makes a lovely landscape shrub.
Vaccinium x 'Pink Lemonade'
Growing Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Mature Size: 4 to 5 feet tall and feet wide
 
The Pink Lemonade is a dwarf blueberry bush with pink blueberries and is as yummy as it sounds! This self-fertile variety is extremely cold-hardy and great for containers. The colorful Pink Lemonade Blueberry looks stunning in the landscape. Red fall foliage, pink fruit, and unique pinkish-beige bark make this shrub stand out in a mixed bed or hedge.

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