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Blueberry cultivars
   

Plants available

Virus-free plants, container-grown in P9 liners (9cm pots), 2l litre pots and 4 litre pots.

The highbush blueberry is the more common type, growing to between 1.6-2 metres high. Next in size is the highbush x lowbush cross, which is about two thirds the height. Finally are the low bush varieties, which more resemble the wild bilberry in size of plant, but with bigger fruit. The tall varieties of blueberry can suffer wind damage in exposed areas, whereas the lowbush are very tough. The highbush x lowbush crosses are somewhere in between.

Container-grown plants (supplied all year round subject to availability)
   
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Blueberry, named varieties, P9 container *
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* Can be sent by post or courier. The larger plants are for collection only

 

Blueberries Highbush (these are the tallest blueberries, typically growing to 1.6-2.0 m)

Spacing 0.9-1.5 m with 2.4-3.0m between rows (the more compact varieties can be planted closer together)

Cultivars

Bluecrop                                                  
The most common variety, still providing the bulk of the global crop after half a century of dominance. Tall and vigorous with large fruit. Extremely reliable. Cropping late July to late August. Introduced 1941.

Chandler                                                 
A new cultivar with exceptional fruit, introduced to cultivation in 1994. Vigorous upright shrub growing to 1.5m. The berries are tasty, firm and exceptionally big, the biggest ones among the highbush blueberry cultivars, usually over 2 cm across and weighing more than 2 grams. Often yields fruit above 2.5 cm across. Yields are high, spread over 4-6 weeks..Mid to late season. Very suited to small commercial plantations especially those doing pick-your-own. Recommended.

Chanticleer                                                 
Upright shrub growing to 1.6 m. Medium sized berries, slightly acid, transports well. Yields up to 8kg per plant. Early season but late flowering so good for frost-prone sites.

Darrow                                                
Vigorous upright bush. Regular pruning beneficial. Fruit large, aromatic and rich flavoured. Main cropping period late August through to late September, but with some production well into October. Very
tough variety, highly tolerant of extreme weather conditions. Introduced 1965.

Duke                                                 
Introduced to cultivation 1986. Spreading shrub growing to 1.6m, occasionally 1.8m. Performs best when regularly pruned. Clusters of medium sized fruit with good flavour, regular and high yields. Good shelf life and transportation qualities. Less tolerant of wet soils. Early to mid season. In spite of the early fruiting, the flowering period is relatively late, so a good choice for frost-prone sites. Recommended.

Goldtraube                              
Very fast growing and robust cultivar. Berries large and aromatic. Performs well in poor conditions. Fruiting late July to the end of August. Introduced 1971.

Legacy                               
Very vigorous cultivar growing to 2 metres.. Berries medium to large with excellent flavour - one of the tastiest cultivars. Fruiting mid July to mid August. Introduced 1993.

Nelson                               
Introduced to cultivation 1988. Grows into relatively dense shrub up to 1.6 m high. Big fruits, aromatic and very tasty. Yields up to 6kg per plant. Ripe fruit holds on plants (does not drop off). Transports well. Late season (mid August onwards).

Ozark Blue                               
Dense bushy cultivar growing to 1.6 metres.. Berries large and sweet. Good disease resistance. Fruiting mid July to mid August. Introduced 1996.

Patriot                               
Vigorous but smaller cultivar tolerant of wet and heavy soils. Large fruit with excellent flavour. Ornamental flowers and autumn foliage. Early variety - mid July to early August. Introduced 1976.

Reka                               
Vigorous cultivar from New Zealand. Highly recommended owing to its tolerance of higher pH (lesser acidity) in soil. Fruit have excellent storage life once picked. Early variety - mid July to early August. Introduced 1988.
Recommended.

Toro                               
Introduced to cultivation 1987. Upright shrub growing to 2 m. The tallest of the selection offered here, suitable for more sheltered sites. Very attractive pink flower buds opening into pure white flowers. Produces clusters of large firm berries with good flavour. Yields up to 7.5kg per plant. Cropping mid season, same as Bluecrop (which it is now replacing) but more concentrated cropping period. Recommended.

Most varieties available autumn 2015. Please contact us before ordering

 

Blueberries Highbush x Lowbush (Vaccinium corymbosum x Vaccinium augustifolium)

These lower-growing blueberries are more suitable for exposed sites and poorer soil. Generally they are more disease resistant than the highbush varieties.

Spacing 0.75-0.9 m with 1.8-2.4 m between rows (the more compact varieties can be planted closer together)

Chippewa                               
University of Minnesota 1996. Compact shrub with a rather erect habit, up to 1 m in height. Berries pale blue and very sweet when fully ripe. Yield up to 3kg per plant. Early to mid-season. Good in containers.

North Country                                
Bred at the University of Minnesota 1986. Grows to 0.75 m height with very attractive red autumn foliage. Fruits relatively small but aromatic and tasty. Early to ripen. Yield up to 2kg per plant. Tolerant of unfavourable soil conditions. Recommended.

Northblue                               
Bred at the University of Minnesota 1983. Grows up to 1 m high. Medium, occasionally large dark blue fruit, ready mid-season. Good keeping qualities. Yield up to 3kg per plant. Tolerant of unfavourable soil conditions.

Northland                              
One of the the most cold-hardy blueberry varieties. Adaptable to a wide variety of soils and conditions. Spreading bush with medium-sized berries. Quite early - cropping mid July July to mid August. Introduced 1967.

Polaris                              
Introduced to cultivation in 1996. Grows to 1.2 m high, with an erect habit. Berries very tasty, exceptionally aromatic, pale blue, medium size. Early cropping. Yield up to 2.5kg per plant. Very suitable. for container cultivation.

Sunshine Blue                                
Sunshine Blue is a varety developed in New Zealand. It grows to about 1.2m and forms a spreading plant with pink flowers and attractive foliage. The berries are large and tasty, ripening quite late (though not as late as Darrow) . In warmer locations the plant retains its leaves all year round. A lovely ornamental plant ideal for sheltered gardens.

Most varieties available autumn 2015. Please contact us before ordering

Blueberries Lowbush (Vaccinium augustifolium)

Spacing 0.5-0.9m apart with 1.8-2.4m between rows.

Putte                              
Low spreading variety, first developed in Sweden in 1985. Popular in New Zealand. Very hardy and wind resistant. Grows to 40cm. Sometimes used as ground cover. Attractive pink flowers followed by small to medium sizedlsweet berries, ripening late summer. Very suitable. for container cultivation, including baskets. Recommended.

Most varieties available autumn 2015. Please contact us before ordering