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.
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