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Blueberries South High Bush set of 2
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These are a set of 2 Southern High bush blueberry plants best grown in zones 6B and down through even zone 10! These are flavorful blueberries which are large, have wonderful flavor and good color. Certified Organically grown.   

 
Shipping start date : 02-18-2019
Shipping end date : 05-29-2019
Planting recommendation : Early or Late Planting
Reg. Price:  $29.95
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Southern High Bush Blueberries grow in Southern states but have characteristics of Northern blueberries.


O'Neal is a self-pollinating cultivar. Developed in North Carolina, O'Neal is an exceptional plant for the Southeast and Gulf States. O'Neal has large berries that are sweet and firm, and pick cleanly from the bush. Yields of 6-10 pounds of high quality fruit can be produced on mature plants. O'Neal grows 4-6' tall with stout stems and attractive foliage, and has an upright, spreading habit. It can be sensitive to late frosts in the more northerly part of its range, so be sure to plant it on higher elevations of your property, and avoid hollows and low-areas. Hardy in USDA zones 7b-9

Sharpblue has become the most widely planted and adaptable of the low-chill, southern highbush cultivars available. Sharpblue produces 8-12 pounds of sweet berries, with higher yields reported when irrigation and soil fertility are at their best. It will grow vigorously to a mature height of 5-6 feet tall, with good structure and spreading habit. Sharpblue looks great in the landscape as well.  In its most southern range, Sharpblue will remain evergreen, and bloom and fruit periodically through the year.  Does best in locations that don't receive spring frosts that are hard and late.  Best yields in berries with cross-pollination.
Hardy in USDA zones 7b-10


Planting

At planting, dig a hole 18 inches deep and 18 inches wide and mix 1 cubic foot of peat moss with top soil until the hole is filled 4 inches from the top. Set the plant and cover the roots with the remaining soil mix. In heavy soils, an equal amount of peat can be mixed with an equal amount of soil. Set plants 5 feet apart with rows 10 feet apart. Apply 4 inches of pine straw mulch in a 2 feet wide band after planting, and maintain a 4 inch depth and 4 feet band over the life of the planting.

Fertilizing

At planting and every year after fruiting, use Organic Berry Fertilizer or Organic Berry Fertilizer spikes as directed.

Watering

Blueberry bushes have very shallow root systems and are very sensitive to water fluctuations. They need at least 1 to 2 inches of water per week. In dry seasons, supplemental watering is essential to obtain good yields of high quality products. However, do not apply water after early September unless soil is very dry.

Pruning

Blueberry plants normally do not need to be pruned for the first three years. Remove blossoms that appear in the year of planting and second year after planting to stimulate vigorous growth.

During the fourth year, the dormant plants should be pruned in mid-March. At this time, remove dead and weak branches and thin, terminal wood with small buds. Prune interior crossing branches to admit light to the center of the plant.

In subsequent years, thin out older branches to force new growth. Tall-growing branches can be headed back and thin branches removed. Flower buds of blueberry bush are produced on tips and down the second year old shoots. Blueberry bushes tend to produce smaller berries when they are over loaded with fruits. Hence, it is important not to have too many flower buds.

Mulching

Generous use of mulches like pine straw, sawdust, or peat moss will help control weeds, conserve moisture, and keep roots cool. Increased organic matter from decomposing mulch will help improve soil structure and nutrient uptake of blueberry bush. Replenish mulch as needed to keep the mulch depth at 2 to 4 inches.

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