BLUEBERRY Vaccinium spp
These varieties of blueberry plants perform well in warm conditions and provide a good bounty of berries. To grow successfully provide organic matter and ample moisture along with a soil pH of 5.5, also ideal for azaleas. Blueberries make excellent potted specimens provided 25% of Peat Moss is added to the potting mix. Potted plants are a great gardening project for Children who delight in harvesting the fruit. Low chill varieties such as 'Misty' and 'Sharpblue' can be pruned after cropping to induce a second crop that will ensure a supply of delicious fruit throughout the year.
Blueberries apart from being delicious have many fantastic health benefits. They are extremely high in antioxidants, and have anti-inflammatory properties, as well as lowering cholesterol in the blood, it is also claimed that they improve motor skills, balance and co-ordination in elderly people. The longer the fruits are left on the bush to mature the greater the health benefits are so if you can beat the birds leave the fruits to the last minute to pick.
Blueberry - Margaret
Blueberry - Sunshine Blue
Blueberry - Tifblue
Blueberry - Climax
|Height||Frost tol.||Pollination req'd||Evergreen/Deciduous||Harvest period|
|3||Medium||Beneficial||Deciduous||July - February|
Customer Comments on Blueberry
You must have multiple plants to get any decent amount of berries. Birds are a real nuisance. Tub growth for protection is recommended. Plants are hardy enough. Variety Biloxi is best for warmer regions. Keep moist, don't over fertilise. | David White - Newcastle, NSW 28-May-2006
Everyone should be growing this nutritious fruit .... the four varieties i bought from daleys are easy to grow and prolific, producing fruit twice a year in spring and now again in autumn | Richard Walter - Balgownie, NSW 26-Mar-2007
A tip I got off an old Indian blueberry farmer from Woolgoolga I told him that I never got much fruit off my plants, he explained to me "good drainage and plenty of water even water twice a day in the growing,fruiting season now all are covered in flowers | Ron Briggs - South Grafton, NSW 18-Aug-2007
Could some please advise me on what varieties to plant. I want to grow blue berries as an informal hedge. | Marion Bonnici - Malvern East, VIC 31-Mar-2008
I would like to grow a blueberry tree(s). However, I am not sure what varieties would be suitable for my area? I am in the Hills District, Sydney (app. 8km from Parramatta). Can anyone suggest a few varieties? Thank you | Tue Moy - Winston Hills, NSW 12-Jan-2009
What type of blueberry would be best to grow just south of Perth WA, we don't really get a frost, we are very close to ocean | Justine Melbourne - Falcon, WA 16-Jan-2009
I have bought two blueberry plants. They are fantastic.. but i don't know what variety they are.. they have fairly small narrow pointy leaves and it grows in a really odd shape.The plant gets lots of long odd shape new growth.Anyone know what type it is? | Bec Averillo - Brisbane, QLD 30-Jan-2009
The blueberries planted in prepared ground were still very slow to grow. When potted up in Azalia/Camelia potting mix they have since thrived. Correct PH is important. | Julie Fairbairn - Braybrook, VIC 18-Apr-2009
Roots are close to the surface so mulch well. Oak leaves, pine needles and used coffee grounds are all acidic and ideal for blueberries. Each spring surface dress with a small amount of blood and bone around the drip-line. All this keeps mine happy. | Julie M - Yarra Ranges, VIC 26-Sep-2011
I had several which couldn't handle Perth heat and partial (4-5 hours a day)sun. All fell over....Now have two in pots on the patio and they only get an hour of sun before sunset - and they are thriving. Plenty of berries - every day when in season. | Charles L - Perth, WA 26-Dec-2011
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For Further Information:
Mountain Blue Orchards
University of Florida Blueberry Facts