Emerald Blueberry Bush
|Soil Type||Acidic, Well Drained|
|Mature Height||5-6 Feet|
|Mature Width||4-5 Feet|
|Shipping Restriction||AZ, CA, OR, WA|
Emerald blueberries are large, firm and flavorful. They are good for fresh eating, baking, preserves, and storage. Stored in the refrigerator these berries can last up to 2 weeks. For best quality eat within a year of freezing.
This southern highbush blueberry is perfect for growing in Florida, California, and other subtropical climates because of its low chill hour requirements and heat tolerance. It is specifically recommended for growing zones 8, 9, and 10. The Emerald Blueberry bush is an upright, vigorous grower and a heavy fruit producer. It makes a nice landscape shrub, because of its nice shape and mainly evergreen foliage.
- Healthy fruit. Eating blueberries can contribute to lower blood pressure, improved brain and cardiovascular health, and inflammation reduction.
- Great flavor. The Emerald Blueberry taste is flavorful, sweet, with a hint of tart.
- Landscape plant. This blueberry plant isn’t just a fruit producer. It can easily fit into your landscape plan and look great doing it!
- Large crop. Large berries. The Emerald Blueberry bush produces some of the highest yields and largest fruit of the southern highbush varieties.
- Low chill requirements. This blueberry bush requires less than 250 chill hours. (Chill hours are hours below 45 degrees.)
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Is the Emerald Blueberry Plant Self Fertile?
Yes, this blueberry bush is self pollinating. For a larger crop and potentially even better quality fruit the Emerald Blueberry can be paired with another southern highbush variety like Jewel or Georgia Gem.
When Do I Harvest Emerald Blueberries?
Emerald blueberries usually ripen in April and May. Harvest these blueberries when they are dark blue, firm, and come off easily with a gentle tug.
When Should I Prune Emerald Blueberry plants?
The best time to prune blueberry plants is in late winter.
Since this blueberry bush is grown in warmer regions it can be planted any time of the year. Be sure to water heavily when planting in summer.
The Emerald Blueberry bush thrives in full sun and moist, well-drained, acidic soil. Compost or elemental sulfur can be used to amend alkaline soil.
Water thoroughly at the time of planting and 2 to 3 times per week for the next 2 to 3 months while your blueberry plant is establishing. If rainfall is not sufficient during the growing season, water deeply about once weekly.
In early spring and throughout the growing season use Very Berry Fertilizer every 6 to 8 weeks to give your blueberry plant a boost and improve flowering, fruiting, and growth.
Add 1 to 2 inches of pine bark mulch or pine straw in a mound around your plant. These types of mulch will add acidity to the soil over time as they break down.
Late winter is the ideal time to prune your Emerald Blueberry bush to prepare for the spring growth flush. Remove any dead or dying canes and crossed branches.