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How to Grow Blueberry Bushes

Looking to join the growing legion of home gardeners, who grow  tasty, healthy Blueberries? Sure you do!!!

There is a size and variety for just about everyone, from bushes over 6 feet tall, to small varieties you can grow in a container on your patio or deck.

Here are some of the best varieties of Blueberries available.

Varieties of Blueberries:

Arlen Blueberry - This variety is a good choice for the warmer, southern areas of the U.S. Berries are medium to large, light blue and attractive. Arlen blueberries are good fresh with fine flavor, firmness and appearance. Height: 5' - 6'.

Aurora - LAte ripening to extend the harvest. Produces, large grape-like clusters of fresh, sweetly flavored berries from mid-August to September. Self pollinating, but will produce more berries, if a different variety is nearby for cross-pollination. Height: 5' - 6'.

Berkeley Blueberry -  The most popular home garden variety of blueberry. Grows well in mild climate. The fruit is great eaten fresh with fine flavor, firmness and appearance. It also exhibits a long shelf life for storage. Late mid-season, medium to large size berries, are a light, powder blue. Height: 4' - 6'.

Blue Crop - Deliciously sweet when eaten fresh or when flavor is captured in pie or preserves. For better pollination, plant at least two varieties. Medium size, midseason. Height: 5'.

Bluejay  - Medium to tall, hardy shrub. Heavy, tasty fruit set ripens in summer. Height: 5' - 6'.

Blueray -  This bush is a heavy producer of high quality large, deep blue berries,  up to 1/2" diameter. Berries ripen in early August, with outstanding dessert flavor. Self-pollinating blooms, but cross-pollination produces the best fruit crop. Height: 5' - 6'.

Brunswick Blueberry  - Sky blue berries are small, firm and flavorful. Lowbush variety makes a dense ground cover, if planted in groups. Native to Nova Scotia and grows vigorously in zones 3 - 6. Self-pollinating blooms, but cross-pollination produces the best fruit crop. Height: 1' - 2'.

Coville - Deliciously sweet when eaten fresh or when flavor is captured in pie or preserves. For better pollination, plant at least two varieties. Large berries, late season.

Darrow Blueberry - Large, dark blue fruit with excellent flavor is great for eating fresh. Prolific bloomer produces a huge mid to late season crop, beginning in late July. Small plant takes up little space. Self-pollinating blooms, but cross-pollination produces the best fruit crop. Height: 4' - 6'.

Draper - Early midseason variety. Produces large, firm, powder blue, berries with excellent flavor. Thicker skin gives the fruit a crisp texture, with resistance to splitting and a longer shelf life. Height: 4' - 8'.

Duke Blueberry - This plant blooms late, but ripens early July. It is a heavy, consistent producer. Berries are mildly tart,  medium to large size, very firm ,and retains its fresh quality longer than most other varieties. Height: 4' - 6'.

Earliblue - Deliciously sweet when eaten fresh or when flavor is captured in pie or preserves. For better pollination, plant at least two varieties. Firm, large berries with resistance to cracking. Early season. Height: 6' - 8'.

Elliott  - Native American perennial shrub. Large,firm fruit, with delicious flavor, ripens in July. Two varieties of kinds of blueberry plants needed for for cross-pollination. Height: 4' - 6'.

Jersey Blueberry - Dark blue, small to medium size fruit that has a very sweet in flavor. Very productive plant, ripening in August. Berries are excellent for baking. Self-pollinating blooms, but cross-pollination produces the best fruit crop. Height: 4' - 6'.

Legacy - This variety is a good choice for the warmer, southern areas of the U.S. High yielding Legacy blueberry plants are a heavy producer medium-sized fruit with superior flavor and sweetness. The fruit ripens in August. Height: 5' - 6'.

Liberty - Very late ripening blueberry . Berries are large with a powder-blue color. Delicious fruit has a tasty flesh. Makes delicious jams, jellies and desserts. Height: 5' - 6'.

Northblue - Large, dark blue fruit, excellent blueberry flavor Great for eating fresh. This prolific bloomer produces a huge midseason crop of blueberries, beginning in July. Low growing plant, takes up little space.It is completely self fruitful. Self-pollinating blooms, but cross-pollination produces the best fruit crop. Height 18" - 24".

Northcountry Blueberry Produces an abundant crop small to medium, sky blue berries. The plant is a low, spreading shrub. It has a sweet, wild blueberry flavor. Dwarf size makes it a nice ornamental plant. Height: 3' - 4'.

Northlund - The Northland Blueberry has small dark blue fruit with an excellent, wild berry flavor. Dainty, waxy, bell-shaped, white flowers bloom in spring. Self-pollinating blooms, but cross-pollination produces the best fruit crop. Small size berries mature in summer. Height 20" - 40".

Northsky Blueberry - This variety is the most cold hardy of all the blueberries, and is most productive with winter snow cover. Small, sky blue berries are firm with a wild blueberry flavor. Northsky needs another blueberry variety for pollination. Height: 4' - 6'.

Patriot - This variety has good cold hardiness, and is a consistent top producer, 10-20 pounds per plant. Gigantic, tart, dusky berries with true blueberry flavor, ripen in late July. Height: 4' - 6'.

Pink Lemonade - Yes, pink blueberries! Pink-white flowers grow during spring, fruit appears pale green in early summer progressing to a deep pink mid-late summer. Firm berries with mild, pleasant flavor. Height: 4' - 5'.

Reka Blueberry - Dark blue, medium to large sized fruit has excellent blueberry flavor. It is great for eating fresh. Reka is a prolific bloomer, producing a huge, early season crop. Self-pollinating blooms, but cross-pollination produces the best fruit crop. Height: 4' - 6'.

Sunshine Blue - Dwarf plant is by far one of the easiest most trouble free. Grow Sunshine Blue in a container on your patio or deck. Delicious berries mature from late July to August. Self pollinating, but will produce more berries, if a different variety is nearby for cross-pollination. Height: 3' - 4'.

Tophat(dwarf patio) - A true dwarf blueberry bush only grows tart taste of a wild berry. The plant will produce white flowers in the mid-spring, followed by the tasty crop of blueberries in the middle of the summer. The leaves will change from bluish green to fiery red orange in the fall. Height 18" - 24".

Toro Blueberry - Large, dark blue fruit is great for eating fresh. It has excellent blueberry flavor. This prolific bloomer produces a mid-season crop, starting in late July. Self-pollinating blooms, but cross-pollination produces the best fruit crop. Height: 4' - 5'.

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