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one of 20 Premier Blueberries in my front yard urban garden March 28, 2014

Gardening successfully is a process that one learns over time. Few, if any of us, have enough time to learn all the lessons that gardening has to teach--and even if we did have enough time, there are always those uncontrollable variables such as the weather.  (That's where the humility lessons are provided.) However, lucky for us gardeners, some of the variables can be controlled with a little bit of planning.  We must be satisfied with applying our energies to these areas.

 

EXTENDING THE HARVEST FOR BLUEBERRIES AND MORE. . . 

1. FACTS: There are many varieties of blueberries and according to the variety, blueberry bushes ripen at different times of the year--from April through September.

Conclusion: By diversifying the varieties, it will be possible to have blueberries from April through September.

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2.  FACT:  Not all blueberries are self-pollinating.  I did not realize this last year when I planted about 20 blueberry bushes in my garden--all of which are Premier.  Fortunately for me, the Premier variety is self-pollinating.  Had I chosen the Tifblue variety, then I would not be having blueberries this year because the Tifblue bushes are not self-pollinating.

Conclusion:  If not certain as to whether your blueberry is self-pollinating or not, plant at least two different varieties of bushes.

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one of Charlie's Tifblue blueberry bushes growing by his swimming pool

3.  FACTS: You can grow blueberries in large pots. If you build a shelf for the pots (using two by fours and concrete blocks--similar to the outdoor plant shelves at Home Depot) you can grow many blueberry bushes in a small space.  Mulch heavily to keep the top of the roots cool and moist.   If you plant different varieties, you can have blueberries April through September.

Conclusion:  You don't need a large space to grow blueberries.  In fact, they are great container plants that will grow easily on a sunny patio.

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A Few of the Varieties of Blueberries to Provide Eating from April through September

FOR BLUEBERRIES EARLY IN THE SEASON

Earliblue
Very early with light blue fruit.

Climax
Ripens early May

Alapaha
Ripens in May

Becky Blue
Ripens in May

Emerald
Ripens April to May

Primadonna
Ripens April to May

Springwide
Ripens April to May 

Brightwell
Ripens early June

Austin
Ripens early June--super sweet

FOR MID-SEASON BLUEBERRIES

Premier
Ripens in mid-June early July.  The Premier is self-pollinating.

Bluebelle
Ripens throughout June.

Tifblue
Ripens Late June through mid-July.  Note:  this plant is not self-pollinating so you will have to plant another variety too.

Blueray
Ripens in July

Bluejay
Ripens in July

Ocklockonee
Ripens in July

Herbert
Ripens in July

FOR LATE SEASON BLUEBERRIES

Colville
Ripens mid July through August.

Aurora
Large, sweet tangy berry.  Matures in September

Elliott
Matures very in late September.  Sky blue colored berries.

Darrow
Produces one of the largest berries. Ripens in mid to late August. Self-pollinating

Jersey
Ripens late August

 

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