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BLUEBERRY BLUE CROP

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BLUEBERRY BLUE CROP

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BLUEBERRY BLUECROP

The Bluecrop Blueberry, Vaccinium 'Bluecrop', has a firm light blue medium-sized fruit. This blueberry is considered the best for consistent yields, disease resistance and high quality. Dainty, waxy, bell-shaped, white flowers appear in May. Flowers are followed by light blue blueberries that ripen in early August. It displays a fiery red fall foliage, and the reddish stems can be attractive in winter. Bluecrop is an upright, open growing shrub to 5-6 feet.

GROWING BLUEBERRIES

Blueberry bushes like full sun, well-drained very acidic soil (sandy, acidic soils in a pH range of 4.0 to 5.0 is best). You can add sulfur, peat or other acidic soil amendments to get it to a good pH for blueberries. To be sure of good cross-pollination among your bushes, be sure to plant two cultivars of blueberries. Pick the flowers off the blueberry bushes, preventing them from fruiting, for the first summer. This forces the bush to put its energy into growing strong roots and better branching to give good fruit crops in following years. When the bushes begin to bud in the spring, mulch around the base with a light layer of mulch, and apply an acid-producing fertilizer such as for azaleas. Blueberries like moisture because they're shallow-rooted, so remember that they cannot dig down deep into the soil for their drink.  If you allow your blueberry bush to dry out while it is flowering, chances are good that it won’t set fruit.  While they need moist soil, it should also be freely draining and high in organic matter.