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Blueberry, 90 days Northern Collection.

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Three varieties for northern areas.

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This collection offers three northern highbush blueberries: Patriot, Spartan and Jersey. These are high-chill requirement varieties widely planted throughout the northern US and southern Canada. We have selected three that will produce continuously over a 90-day period. Northern highbush varieties need 800 chilling hours for good fruit set. "Chill requirement" refers to the accumulated hours of temperatures a plant experiences between freezing and 45 F that is required to break dormancy.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.

5-7

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

36-96 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

48-60 inches

Growth Habit The genetic tendency of a plant to grow in a certain shape, such as vining or bush like.

Northern Highbush

Food Use Ways in which this product may be used as food.

Edible Fruit, Pie, Sauce

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Blueberry: Bare Root or Potted Fruit Plant

How to Plant

  • Blueberries may be planted as bare root or potted plants.
  • Blueberries thrive in a sunny to partially shaded location, in well drained, very acidic soil, with a pH of 4.2-5.2. If your pH is higher, add garden sulfur according to package directions. Do not change the pH of your soil more than ½ of a point each year.
  • Plant at least two varieties that bloom at the same time for cross pollination and better yield.
  • Set plants 4-8 feet apart (3 feet apart for hedges). Dwarf varieties may be planted in containers.

Planting Bare Root Plants:

  • Dig each hole twice the size of the root mass.
  • Keep the crowns above the soil level. Plant into the hole and back fill with loose soil. Gently press soil in around the root ball. Transplants need good root-to-soil contact. Do not press too hard because that can cause soil compaction and root damage.
  • Gently water around the root ball to settle the soil and drive out air pockets.
  • After planting be sure to mark the plants with plant labels so you know where they are and what varieties they are.
  • Mulch with 2-3 inches of compost of pine needles to retain moisture and prohibit weed growth.

Planting Potted Plants:

  • Set the plant in the hole at the same depth as it was growing in the pot.
  • Backfill the hole and press firmly around the base of the planting.
  • Water deeply. The water will seal off any air pockets around the root ball.
  • After planting be sure to mark the plants with plant labels so you know where they are and what varieties they are.
  • Mulch with 2-3 inches of compost of pine needles to retain moisture and prohibit weed growth.

 

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients. Control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Do not fertilize newly planted bushes until they have leafed out. Work a fertilizer designed for acid-loving plants into the top 3 inches of soil around each plant. Apply again 4-6 weeks later. After the first year, fertilize in spring as new growth begins, and again 4-6 weeks later. Apply fertilizer to the soil beneath each bush, keeping it 5-6 inches away from the main stem.
  • Remove flowers the first year to strengthen plants.
  • Prune in late winter or early spring while the bushes are dormant. The first three years, remove small lateral shoots and thin out excessive bushy growth. After the third year, annually remove 1/4 - 1/3 of the old wood, any dead or injured branches, and those close to the ground.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Blueberries are remarkably disease resistant. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Pick fruit promptly to discourage insects.
  • Do not water as frequently after early September unless the soil is very dry.
  • Mulch after the ground freezes in fall to prevent root damage from alternating freezing and thawing.

 

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • Cover bushes with bird netting as fruit ripens. Netting should not touch blueberries.
  • Blueberry fruits turn blue before they are fully ripe. The acid level will continue to fall for three to seven days after the fruit turns blue. The underside of the berry will turn from pink to full blue when it is fully ripe.
  • Harvest only when the weather is dry and avoid over handling to preserve the whitish, waxy surface of the berry, which protects it from fruit molds.
  • Pick promptly to avoid insects.
  • Harvest the berries only.
  • Cool fruit promptly after harvesting and store between 32 - 40 degrees F.
  • Blueberries freeze well for later use. Freeze them in a single layer on a cookie sheet, and when they are frozen you can keep them frozen in zip lock bags.

 

Zone
5-7
Sun
Full Sun
Height
36-96 inches
Spread
48-60 inches
Growth Habit
Northern Highbush
Food Use
Edible Fruit, Pie, Sauce
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders
Harvest Season
Summer-Fall
Blueberry, 90 days Northern Collection. is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 2 out of 3 Died I bought these in the spring. They arrived looking dead. I followed the directions. One survived. Not sure I will order live plants again.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 3 of a kind! Tomurchased this set of 3 bushes a few years back. The plants grew slowly but consistently. While I had been getting a decent amount of berries over the past few years the bushes seem to have established themselves now and this year we had a huge crop. I can't even give these berries away fast enough. Not to mention how lovely the bushes look from Spring to Fall. I grow my bushes in containers, and with the right soil, patient conditioning, and full sun these guys put out a steady supply of berries all summer long. Just let the bees do their work. You don't have to live on a farm, even in the middle of New York city you can have fresh Blueberries!
Date published: 2015-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good and Bad I purchased these in 2012 and planted them in the fall. The plants were small considering the price, which was both good and bad. On the plus side, I understand I should remove the flowers from the plants the first two years so they spend their energy growing roots & foliage rather than fruit. Probably because of the size, none of the three plants produced flowers, which saved me some effort. On the negative side, two of the plants were seriously damaged by deer over the winter. Other blueberries I had planted, from local nurseries, were bigger and more ably to withstand the deer nibbling. After a year, the two with deer damage aren't much bigger than when they were delivered to me. The third plant is doing well. It will be quite a while before I get berries from these plants. While I'm hopeful, I would purchase from a local nursery if I had to do it again. If deer are not an issue in your area, I think these plants will be successful for you.
Date published: 2013-10-14
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