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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BLUEBERRY BUSHES

Windcrest Farm Blueberry Bushes

Blueberries have fewer pest problems than most other fruit and thrive on organic fertilizers.

Blueberries benefit from cross-pollination.

Plant at least two to three varieties for best yields.

Well-maintained blueberry bushes remain productive for at least 15 to 20 years.
Blueberry bush varieties bloom at the same time of year but the berries mature at different rates:

        • Early season maturing berries - May to June harvest
        • Mid season maturing berries - June to July harvest
        • Late season maturing berries - July to August harvest

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Plant one of each for good cross pollination and a long harvest season

PLANTING:

  • Blueberries LOVE our native acid soil - don't add lime!
  • Add equal parts sand and peat moss to the planting hole for good drainage and organic matter.
  • Full sun or up to 50% shade or minimum 6 hours of sunlight.
  • Access to water - hose, drip irrigation, or hand watering to supplement rainfall
  • Mulch with shredded pine bark or pine needles
  • Plant in a mounded soil for good drainage
  • Space plants 6 feet apart for individual plants; 4 feet apart for a hedge.
  • Space rows 10 to 12 feet apart.
  • Water thoroughly 2 to 3 times per week during dry periods.
  • Blueberries require little pruning. Pruning only to remove any dead or dying parts of branches.
  • Use an organic fertilizer like MARY'S MINERAL MIX FOR BLUEBERRIES+ BLACK CASTINGS or COMPOST COMPLETE for BLUEBERRIES when planting and again each Spring.

Harvesting:

  • Blueberries should be allowed to ripen on the bush. Don't pick the berries until they are fully ripe or the fruit will be bitter.
  • A mature bush can produce 15 lbs of berries.
  • To freeze fresh blueberries, do not wash them, put them onto a cookie sheet and place in the freezer. Once frozen, put them in plastic freezer bags or containers.


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2016 VARIETIES FROM WINDCREST FARM


Variety
Tag Color
Type
Ripening Season
Climax Red Rabbiteye Early
O'Neal Orange Southern Highbush Early
Premier Green Rabbiteye Mid
Tifblue White Rabbiteye Mid
Legacy Light Blue
Southern Highbush Late
Powder Blue Lavender Rabbiteye Late