Rabbiteye Blueberry Bush

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The Premier Blueberry is a variety from the Rabbiteye family. The Rabbiteye blueberry is classified as a vigorously fruit bearing plant that is naturally heat tolerant. Because of its ability to tolerate heat and its susceptibility to cold climates, the Rabbiteye blueberry is well suited for planting in the Southeastern US.

The Premier Blueberry bush is a fruit producing bush that yields early in the season with a large harvest of large, dark blue berries. Blooming in February to early March, this blueberry will be covered in tiny white or pink flowers. The Premier will produce ripe fruit from May to June in the southern growing region. The Premier Blueberry bush can reach an astounding size. Generally growing 6-8 ft. tall, this plant will provide an abundance of blueberries year after year.

This blueberry bush can be planted in partial shade to full sun, but is recommended to plant in full sun to obtain the highest possible fruit yield. When planted in full sun, ensure that the plant receives regular water to avoid allowing the soil to dry out. Many blueberry varieties are self-fruiting; however, the Premier Blueberry requires cross pollination to produce fruit. Below are some recommendations for the most effective cross pollinators.

Blueberries can be categorized as a super fruit. High in vitamin C, antioxidants, and low in calories; blueberries are a great snack that are highly beneficial to your health. The Premier blueberry bush produces firm berries that are sweet and juicy. The fruit can be enjoyed raw, or used in baking and jelly production. For a fruit bearing plant that remains stable and faithful for years to come, the Premier blueberry bush will meet your needs.

Brightwell Climax


Blueberry Comparison Chart - Not Self-Fertile
Blueberry Bush Grow Zones Ripening Season Details Needs Pollinator Suggested Pollinator Premier 7-9 May - June Large Berries, light blue color, and excellent flavor Yes Brightwell, Climax Climax 7-9 May - June Medium sized berries and sweet flavor Yes Brightwell, Premier, Tifblue, Powderblue Tifblue 7-9 June - July Medium sized berries, light blue color, sweet and tart flavor Yes Brightwell, Climax, Premier, Powderblue Powderblue 7-9 June - July Medium-large sized berries. Light blue color and sweet flavor Yes Tifblue, Brightwell, Climax, Premier Brightwell 7-10 June - July Medium-large sized berries. Light blue color and sweet flavor Yes Climax, Premier, Tifblue, Powderblue
Blueberry Comparison Chart - Self-Fertile
Blueberry Bush Grow Zones Ripening Season Details Needs Pollinator Suggested Pollinator Pink Lemonade 4-8 July - August Medium-large sized berries. Pink color and sweet flavor No but recommended for higher yield Any Georgia Gem 7-9 May - June Medium sized berries, sweet flavor with a hint of tart No but recommended for higher yield Any Jersey 4-7 August Medium-large sized berries. Dark blue & sweet No but recommended for higher yield Any Blueray 4-7 July Extra-large berries. Blue & very sweet No but recommended for higher yield Any Triple Berry 7-9 May-July Medium sized berries and sweet flavor No Any Toro 7-9 June - August Large sized berries and sweet flavor No but recommended for higher yield Any Bluecrop 7-9 July Produces big clusters of large, all-purpose berries No but recommended for higher yield Any
Shipping Restriction AZ, CA, LA, OR, WA
Soil Type Acidic
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Sun
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 6-8 Feet
Mature Width 6-10 Feet
Bloom Color White

How To Care

When planting your Premier 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 a balanced, slow release fertilizer like 10-10-10, preferably for acid loving plants. 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 Premier variety requires a pollinator, like Tifblue, 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.

Shipping Restriction AZ, CA, LA, OR, WA
Soil Type Acidic
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Sun
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 6-8 Feet
Mature Width 6-10 Feet
Bloom Color White

Landscape Ideas

The Premier Blueberry bush makes for agreat landscaping shrub. With multi season interest, it will thrive and looks great as an addition to your landscaping. Use it as a privacy shrub or even as a nice hedge. It looks great included in a mass planting or even by itself. Plant it in a pot as a beautiful addition to a patio!

Shipping Restriction AZ, CA, LA, OR, WA
Soil Type Acidic
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Sun
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 6-8 Feet
Mature Width 6-10 Feet
Bloom Color White

Shipping Details

We plan each shipment to avoid your plants sitting in a truck over the weekend if possible during the summer months. This means your order may be held until the following Monday to ensure the shortest delivery time. This delay will guarantee that your plants arrive at the highest quality possible.

During peak seasons, please allow 1-3 business days for your order to be processed for shipping.

Please see the below transit map that specifies an average amount of days after your order has shipped.

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JP
05/03/2019
Joe P.
United States

Very Pleased!

I ordered 3 blueberry bushes and they arrived just two days after I placed my order! The plants were packed well and looked great upon arrival. I also appreciated the online information available prior to my purchase regarding planting, pollinating, watering, etc. I will definitely be ordering again from Planting Tree and would highly recommend this company!

DB
04/15/2019
David B.
United States

Premier Rabbiteye Blueberry Bush

Very good, good shipping communications, delivered right in time and the plants were healthy. In need of water but that makes sense. Make sure someone is home to receive them...

AC
04/14/2019
Anthony C.
United States

Nice bushes

I love the plants shower I have not received the rest I f my order. Can you please tell me when I can expect I t? Thank you.

JR
04/02/2019
Justin R.
United States

Perfection

My overall experience was amazing. I actually received a phone call before processing to ensure I was okay with the item coming early. They conveyed that I was listed as being in a zone that still has the potential for frost; I told them to send it anyways but really appreciated the transparency/customer support! I've never had an establishment go out of their way to ensure customer success to this degree. I will definitely be ordering from the Planting Tree again! Just as a side note, if they don't beat other garden centers on price, they will surely beat them through kindness, support, and quality! I wish I could give more than 5 stars!

SN
11/27/2018
Sheri N.
United States

Blueberry bushes

The bushes look great and look healthy when they were received.

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