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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 in warmer, as well as cooler, climates. 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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Fruit Bearing This refers to the relative season when the plant produces fruit, or if it bears continuously or just once

Late 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.


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

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

Southern Highbush

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Fall is an ideal time to plant fruit plants. Plants will establish strong root systems and get a jump on spring growth.
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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
Late Season
Full Sun
36 inches
36 inches
Growth Habit
Southern Highbush
Food Use
Edible Fruit
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Container
Harvest Season
Blueberry, Sunshine Blue is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 12.
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Super unimpressed Again big waste of money. I don’t have a soil kit and I suppose it’s possible that soil was too alkaline but I mulched with pine needles (I know I read that’s a myth so next time I’ll try buying acidified). I tried 2 kinds of containers and clay was the best despite drying out the quickest (but that plant was also bigger when it arrived so who knows). I thought the black containers would keep the plants from drying out in the hot summer sun but somewhere along the line Sunshine Blue just threw in the towel. I’m not sure what else I could have done but I was really not happy with this purchase.
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small healthy plants. My 3 plants arrived today. They are small healthy plants in about a pint pot. Don't expect a 1 gallon plant.
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good little plant This plant arrives tiny stays tiny and remains a good hearty tiny plant. For small space this plant is great. It's slow growing but I used grow pots and used some peat moss with some hollytune and water with my rain barrels with sulfer added. Keeps my acid loving plants in the ph level they desire. Since I just purchased this plant this year... no fruit yet. To the reviewer who didn't see this was a 3ft plant/bush shouldn't give it poor reviews due to your own clerical error to which you admit. Burpee provides a solid healthy service to give your plants the best start it could have for your benefit
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice berries An excellent choice for dual purpose, berries and landscape. I had to laugh at the description, "from San Diego to Seattle..." but can't not ship to CA, OR or WA.... You'd love it a d it would frowning well but you can't have it lol
Date published: 2017-05-29
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
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