The Powderblue Blueberry bush is a Rabbiteye variety. Rabbiteye blueberry bushes are well suited to grow in the Southeastern US due to their vigorous growing habits and ability to withstand heat. This type of blueberry bush is easy to grow due to their low maintenance requirements and few pest issues.
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The Powderblue Blueberry gets its name from the powder blue blush that the berries gain upon ripening. It is actually one of the toughest blueberry plants with a late ripening season. The Powderblue blueberry bush has an upright growing habit that can reach a height and width of 8-12 feet. Blooms form in late spring with a harvest in late summer. The blueberries are medium sized, firm, and packed with juicy, sweet flavor.
Blueberry Plant Requirements
Blueberry plants require acidic soil to grow and produce fruit. These plants will not perform well if the soil PH is above 5.5. If you are unsure about your soil’s PH level, it can be tested. You can either test the PH level of your soil with an at home PH level testing kit or reach out to your Local County Extension Service for a soil test at little to no cost. If the PH level of your soil is too high, it will need to be lowered. It can be lowered by adding granular sulfur to the soil. Till the sulfur into the soil about 3 months before you plan on planting your bush.
If you would rather use an organic approach, use coffee grounds or acidic peat moss. To ensure that the acidic level of the soil is maintained around your blueberry bush, add peat moss, pine needles, and/or coffee grounds around the plant once a year.
Along with acidity, these plants also like well-drained soil. To test how well your soil will drain, dig a hole and fill it with water. If the hole is drained within a couple of hours, you have good soil drainage. If the water is still remaining in the hole after 24 hours, you have poor soil drainage. To help the soil drain better, sand can be tilled into the soil or a raised bed can be created.
Blueberry plants require full sun for optimum production. They will survive in partial sun, but only when shade is provided early in the morning or late in the day. 7-8 hours minimum amount of sunlight is recommended for a healthy blueberry bush.
The Importance of Blueberry Plant Pollination
Southern Highbush plants are self-fertilizing, however Rabbiteye plants need a second plant in order to pollinate and produce fruit. Even if a blueberry bush is self-pollinating, a second bush will benefit both plants for a larger fruit production through cross-pollination. Cross-pollination refers to the spreading of pollen from one plant variety to another variety of the same species.
Blueberry bushes produce thousands of flowers every year, with each one having the potential to be a blueberry. In order for a blueberry plant to set fruit, the pollen produced by the flower’s anthers must reach the stigma. This will then cause a seed to develop inside the flower’s ovary. Because pollen is very sticky and heavy, it is not able to be easily moved and carried around by the wind.
Blueberry Landscaping Ideas
Blueberry bushes look great when added to the landscaping. They not only produce enjoyable treats, but they provide multi seasonal interests. These shrubs display pretty bell-shaped flowers in the spring and a full crown of green foliage in the summer.
Early to late summer, you can expect ripening fruit ready for harvest and fall gracefully turns the green foliage to pinks, reds, yellows, and oranges. Blueberry bushes drop their leaves in the winter, adding additional sunlight peeping through the branches and providing a great window for pruning opportunities.
Blueberry bushes are easy to maintain, but do have specific requirements. If your native soil is naturally acidic, great! That means less soil maintenance. If not, soil PH levels will need to maintained at an acidic state. If you are planting your blueberry bushes directly into the soil, they will look great as hedges or even planted as lone specimens.
Plant blueberry bushes 6 foot apart in rows for a beautiful fruit bearing hedge. Always remember to plant 2 or more blueberry bushes to allow for cross-pollination. If you do not like the idea of maintaining the soil on a regular basis, you can always build a raised bed or plant them in pots. Building a raised bed, allows you the ability to use a pre mixed soil that is naturally acidic and also helps out when trying to mow around you plants. Not enough room for a raised bed, just plant them in pots!
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When planting your Powderblue Blueberry be sure to choose the right location and conditions for your new plant to thrive. Spring and Fall are ideal times to plant. However, if you avoid extreme temperatures you can plant your Blueberry almost any time of the year.
Blueberry shrubs thrive in full sun and well-drained, moist, acidic soil. If you have alkaline soil, be sure to amend your soil. To acidify your soil amend with compost, elemental sulfur, or use fertilizers specific for acid loving plants. Mulching with pine straw or pine bark will help over time as they begin to break down, but are not an immediate solution. To improve drainage in something like a heavy clay soil, add compost and be sure to loosen up the soil well before planting. Water deeply when planting and 2-3 times weekly for 3 months while your Blueberry plant is establishing. During the growing and fruiting seasons, a blueberry will do best if the soil is kept moist. Adding a layer of 2 to 3 inches of mulch is highly recommended for Blueberry bushes. Mulching helps to maintain soil moisture and gives added protection during extreme temperatures. Fertilize in spring with our balanced, Very Berry fertilizer. Bluberries grown in containers will need fertilized 3 or 4 times per year during the growing season as nutrients leech out of the pot when you water. Prune your Blueberries in late winter to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches and to maintain size. The Powderblue variety requires a pollinator, like Tifblue or Brightwell, to produce a good crop of berries.
The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants. Proper location choice, watering, and fertilization are the keys to your success. The biggest pests of blueberries is birds. You can put up bird netting to protect your crop. If positioned properly, this is an extemely effective deterrent. Most insect pests feed on the leaves of blueberries. You can treat most of these pests naturally with horticultural oil, neem oil, or insecticidal soap. Blueberry Bushes can occasionally encounter fungal issues. Generally, treating after infection isn't extremely effective, so if you have problems yearly treat in early spring with fungicides to prevent infection. Neem Oil is an organic method of treating and preventing some fungal diseases and pests. The entire shrub must be coated in order for this method to be effective.
The Powderblue Blueberry bush is a great plant to use in any landscape design as long as all the plants needs are met. This shrub displays multi-season interests. Spring delivers a beautiful shrub covered in blushing white blooms, while summer boasts lovely, rich green foliage. The foliage is great when using this shrub as a hedge. The fall foliage features beautiful shades of reds and yellows, which provide great contrast when used in a mass plantings.
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