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Blueberry, Top Hat

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A one-of-a kind blueberry developed at Michigan State University.

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Hats off to a perfectly delectable and beauteous blueberry. Give this ornamental blueberry a prime spot on your patio. Come spring it produces beautiful white blossoms; in fall, the foliage turns a pretty glowing orange. Top Hat is a compact 2-ft plant that produces firm, dusky blue fruit that ripens in late season and is ideal for baking. Hardy to zone 5-7.
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Fruit Bearing This refers to the relative season when the plant produces fruit, or if it bears continuously or just once

Mid Season

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.

24 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

24 inches

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

Half-High

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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.

 

Fruit Bearing
Mid Season
Zone
5-7
Sun
Full Sun
Height
24 inches
Spread
24 inches
Growth Habit
Half-High
Food Use
Edible Fruit, Pie
Ornamental Use
Borders, Container
Harvest Season
Summer
Blueberry, Top Hat is rated 2.9 out of 5 by 21.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grows great in SC heat I have three of these plants and actually transplanted them into a blueberry patch. They are doing great actually much better than any other blueberry to date that I have tried in the SC heat. Also live near the ocean on a very humid island. These act like they love it. Got berries the very first year. Not a lot but looking forward to next year. They are even actually blossoming now in the southern fall October weather. Love these grow great. Perfect little plants for my small space.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Growing Wonderfully I bought two of these in early early spring and put them in large pots on my front porch. They get morning sun, then shade and sun again later in the day. One got damaged in a hailstorm and has recovered and caught back up to the other. Beautiful foliage. Not really expecting any berries the first year, but it's been grateful so far
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blueberry on the patio This plant arrived just as a freeze arrived so I sheltered it in garage for some weeks before it was safe to plant in large container and move to outside patio. It's doing well and the first blueberry was sighted today (7/15)! I hope it continues to bloom and produce fruit.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Blueberry and strawberry bushes Strawberry bushes died within a month. Blueberry tree on life support. I used plant food and organic bug spray.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Extremely misleading The pictures give the impression that this is a mature plant, which is not the case. Will be years before these plants fruit.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Blueberries this year? I bought these about 3 years ago. 1 year in planter and two years in the ground. Plants currently have numerous tiny green berries. Could be first year of a real crop.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Jury is still out I bought 2 plants in the spring one is doing ok but one is dying
Date published: 2016-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Growing in a large pot. I bought two of these Blueberry plants at the beginning summer. So far, they are doing great. I am anxious to see how they do this winter, in my garage.
Date published: 2016-09-15
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