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Blueberry Plants

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Blueberries are one of our specialties. Thanks largely to both Florida’s and Georgia’s excellent breeding programs, it is now possible for the homeowner to enjoy luscious bush-ripened blueberries from the garden throughout the summer months. This is also an excellent crop for people who have small acreage and want to grow a cash crop, as blueberries are not expensive to establish. Blueberries plants are easily maintained and the fruit is in high demand as a fresh markets.
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We stay current with the newest and most practical blueberry growing techniques to help you with site evaluation, soil preparation, correct planting procedures andripening times 300x274 ALAPAHA BLUEBERRY PLANT maintenance of your blueberry operation. Got a question? Email or call us we’re here to help.
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Ripening times listed are for North Florida (Zone 8B). Please note that we specify chill hours for the blueberry zones. If you are uncertain about your chill hours, contact your County Cooperative Extension Agent or check out the University of Florida IFAS chill hours map for Florida (right) or click here for the 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to find out your areas hardiness zone.


POLLINATION
Yes, most blueberries need pollination. The old school of thought was to break the varieties into groups that pollinated each other best. Through time it’s been determined that it’s better to have as many varieties as possible to ensure a long bloom season and maximum chances for cross-pollination. Just remember that Rabbiteyes only pollinate Rabbiteyes and Southern Highbush only pollinate Southern Highbush. So mix them up well and try to have at least three varieties in the patch.

CHILL HOURS
The best method for choosing blueberry varieties is to choose ones that are within about 100 chill hours of the averages for your area, tabulated by the USDA or IFAS. You want your plants to bloom together and to avoid late season frosts that can knock fruit and flowers off your bushes. If you buy blueberry plants developed for your planting zone, you’ll have less trouble and get the results you’re looking for.

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Blueberry Plants - RABBITEYE Blueberry Varieties (Vaccinium ashei)

Buying and Growing Tips… 

All rabbiteye blueberries will pollinate each other but to ensure a consistent crop you need to choose the appropriate variety with chill hours that match your zone. Zones 8A to 8B require a chill hour variety of 400 and above. Zones 8B to 9A require a chill hour variety of 400 and below.

Blueberry Plants - SOUTHERN HIGHBUSH Blueberry Vareties (V. ashei x carymbosum)

Buying and Growing Tips… 

A new breed of early ripening blueberry, Southern Highbush (also called Tetraploids) are a cross between Rabbiteye and Northern Highbush blueberries. Everything is different about these guys: the plants are smaller, the leaves look different (thicker and more crinkly) and they ripen early and bear more heavily than Rabbiteyes. These beauties need a soil high in organic matter for best production. For good cross pollination and fruit set choose at least  two different varieties rated to grow within the same zone.

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Crawfordville, Florida 32327
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