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Blueberry, Sunshine Blue

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At only 3 feet, a container blueberry with hot pink flowers.

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Sunshine Blue is a cold-hardy variety that requires only 150 chill hours and is adapted for vigorous, productive growth from San Diego in Southern California to Seattle in the Northwest. Berries are richly sweet and medium-sized and ripen mid to late season. Its upright, compact habit and blue-green foliage that turns burgundy in fall make Sunshine Blue especially decorative in pots. Tolerates high pH better than most blueberries and is self-pollinating.
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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.

5-10

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 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

36 inches

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

Edible Fruit

Genus The first part of the botanical name of the product referring to the genus of the plant.

Vaccinium

Plant Shipping Information

Plants begin shipping on:

Sep 26, 2016

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Item 19894 cannot ship to: AA, AE, AK, AP, AS, CA, CN, FM, GU, HI, MH, MP, OR, PR, PW, VI, WA
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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
5-10
Sun
Full Sun
Height
36 inches
Spread
36 inches
Food Use
Edible Fruit
Genus
Vaccinium
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Container
Harvest Season
Summer
Blueberry, Sunshine Blue is rated 4.428571428571429 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from blueberry bought for my deck works so far no berries yet
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1 year and 8 month later Purchased this tiny Bush in 2013. May 2015 was the first year we began eating Blueberries. It's still only around 18" high or so but, it produced well. It's now mid-June 2015 and we are still eating a few Blueberries. We have it in a 20" planter which is 14" high. I'm considering buying one or two more and planting this and the new bush in a permanent 2x4 raised bed. The Blueberries are very tasty. Last year, 2014, it tried to produce berries but, it was not able to. We fertilize it with a Blueberry fertilizer and compost every 6 month and add a bit of an acidifier by Espoma. Last year the leaves were turning yellow. I did some research and it looked like my soil might not be acidic enough. I did a soil test and the PH was 6.5. I watered with Sulfur and 4 weeks later the leaves began to turn green again. At that point I watered with Sulfur one more time and it's been well so far. Early June I conducted a Ph test and the PH was around 4.5 and 5.The PH test is an over the counter and the color looked to me between those two numbers. My local garden center now carry these in 5 gallon pots. So the next plant(s) I'll buy locally. I also water with some organic Apple vinegar from time to time. My zone is between 8b and 9. Depending where you check. Since we live at 3,000 feet above sea level we get snow most years but not all. Our snow dissipate by the next day. Our days are super hot dessert like but, nights are often cool. I have included a current picture.
Date published: 2015-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plant Arrived in Great Condition! I am very excited to get my blueberry plant into a pot and watch it go! In my experience buying live plants online, it's about the overall health of the plant, rather than the size, that forecasts its future. The three I ordered, including this one that can be grown in a pot, arrived in the heat of the day, on a front patio getting full sun, and all three look fantastic. The sunshine plant is actually the biggest of the three, and already has flowers! Yum, yum -- can't wait.
Date published: 2015-06-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from REALLY SMALL!! I am rating this blueberry as a 1 only because it appears to be very healthy and shipping was prompt. I searched before I ordered and could not find the size (my fault - should have called), but figured for the cost would be at least 1 quart to 1 gallon size. The plant I received is in about a 3 to 4 inch pot. I bought another Sunshine Blue from a different supplier last fall in a 3 gallon size for only a few dollars more. If the size of the plant to be shipped is anywhere on the Burpee website -- it is in the very fine print.... Disappointed to say the least.
Date published: 2015-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for South Florida I managed to grow these and Misty Blueberries in a large pot in south florida. Be sure to use/make a potting mix high in peat moss and low in manure/compost. I also add some sulfur pH reducer every now and again. I got blueberries within their first year and the plant seems to be doing well for this location.
Date published: 2014-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Far So Good The plants arrived small and healthy. They were actually bigger than I expected so I was not disappointed in their size. They have been in the ground a few weeks and are doing well.
Date published: 2014-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing condition. Five stars I am pleased with the condition of my sunshine blue blueberry, it looks much better than I expected. There is practically no breakage on the plant and it is very green and healthy. The plant looks wonderful and I have high hopes for this blueberry. This is the first time I've ever tried blueberries and I really hope it works. I will, without a doubt, buy live plants from Burpee again.
Date published: 2013-10-15
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