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Age does not always bring wisdom, but it does lend perspective.
Robert A. Heinlein

Blueberries

Lovely, luscious, blueberry.

Blueberries

And look at that fall colour! Blueberries turn red in fall, and hold onto those red leaves quite late.

Food -- Blueberry

Species
Cultivar
Container
Format
Available
(# plants)
Height
(feet)
Price
($/Plant)
Blueberry, Chippewa #1 Std pot (3 qt) 20 12-18 in. $18.00
Blueberry, Chippewa #5 Std pot (15 qt) 11 12-16 in. $40.00
Blueberry, Northcountry #1 Std pot (3 qt) 20 5.5-6 ft. $25.00
Blueberry, Northland #5 Std pot (15 qt) 16 6-18 in. $40.00
Cranberry, Bog #1 Std pot (3 qt) -4.00 $12.00
Cranberry, Bog #1 Std pot (3 qt) 104 4-6 in. $12.50


Blueberries

Tough to grow, but worth it

Blueberries come in 3 sizes: high bush -- 6 to 8 feet tall; low bush -- ankle to knee high; and hybrids about 4 feet tall. I carry native low bush -- surplus from a reclamation project up north, and two hybrids.

Most blueberry cultivars are self fertile, but will produce heavier crops if there is a different cultivar nearby. Having different cultivars may also stretch the picking season.

Blueberries need very acidic soil. Try 40% peat moss, 40% compost remainder clay based loam. Rototill in about 1 lb of sulfur per square yard the year before. You can also use wettable sulfur powder. 1 cup per plant spread out over a 2 foot diameter circle. Ideal is a pH of 4.5. Reapply sulfur when it rises to 5. Check after 3 months of above freezing weather. If it gets below 4, you used too much. It will recover.

Blueberries are bog plants. They don't like running short on water, but they live in the upper mossy areas of the bog. So: Can't be sodden, can't dry out. It's easiest to grow them in containers.

Containers should be about 1.5 to 2 feet across and at least 10 inches deep. Fill with a fifty-fifty mix of loamy soil and peat moss. Water with azalea fertilizer at 1 tablespoon per 5 gallons every two weeks from spring to August, then stop fertilizing, and regular water to keep damp. Mulch heavily with wood chips. If you prefer you can grow them in a raised bed. Put them about 3 feet apart. Layers of cardboard under the wood chips reduce weeds.

In winter sink the pot into the ground, or bury entire pot in dry leaves.

In our climate containers should be sunk into the ground over winter. See Care -- Sunken Pots

The first two are the ones I normally carry.

Chippewa: is a cultivar that has marble sized fairly sweet berries. Gets 1 to 1.3 meters tall (3-4 feet) Large, sweet dark blue berries. Midseason.

Northsky: Small firm skyblue berries mid season. Very flavourful. Low compact form. Very hardy.

Northland: Large mid blue fruit with high sugar content. Bigger shrub, getting 1.2 to 2 meters tall (4 to 7 feet) Early to mid season.

Northcountry: has slightly smaller dark blue berries that have a stronger flavour. Smaller shrub 50-80 cm in height (18-30 inches). Early to mid season.


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