Demonstration Garden

Monday, April 12, 2010

Grow Your Own Blueberries!

Blueberries are one of the most rewarding shrubs you can add to your garden. They are beautiful landscape plants with an attractive form, eventually getting 4-5 feet tall and 3-5 feet wide, depending on variety. They produce abundant clusters of urn-shaped, white flowers in spring. A few varieties are evergreen, but most are deciduous. Their brilliant fall color will light up your landscape.

On top of all that beauty you get -- berries! It is such a treat to pick fresh blueberries from the garden in the morning for breakfast. For best results, plant more than one variety to insure good pollination. It takes a year or two for plants to get established enough to produce big crops, but your patience will be well rewarded.

Blueberries are a treat for wildlife, too. Their flowers provide nectar for native bees, butterflies and other pollinators. They are a larval food source for several butterflies. And they provide good nesting sites, cover and fruit for birds.

Here are the varieties we have in the Garden Center now:

  • 'Duke' - one of the early bloomers, fruit ripens in late June. Deep blue, mild-flavored berries. Heavy producer.
  • 'Bluecrop' - midseason, large berries. Excellent flavor and an attractive plant. 
  • 'Blueray' - midseason, vigorous and tall. Crisp fruit. Can tolerate more sun than 'Bluecrop.'
  • 'Bluejay' - vigorous grower with heavy fruit set.
We will have three more varieties available for you in May.

Come see us! We are open this week on Thursday, from 11 - 3.

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