Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit! 'Northland' is great for northern climates! Blueberries are naturally high in anti-oxidants! Blueberries are extremely nutritious and have a high vitamin content. Excellent in pies and makes delicious jams and preserves. Best of all, bake your own Blueberry Muffins! Blueberries are rapidly increasing in interest since they are so popular and reliable.
The 'Northland' variety has been hybridized to adapt to the very northern climates of our country. 'Northland' has flexible branches which do not break under heavy snow loads and adapts well in the sub-zero climate. Fruit is borne on long and loose clusters. The quality of the fruit is moderately firm and has a nice wild berry flavor. This is also a great ornamental bush. A low stature and spreading growth habit also makes it an attractive landscape plant. Flowers provide nectar for native bees, butterflies and other pollinators. The fruit is also loved by birds and other wildlife. Set plants out as early as possible in the spring. Prune branches back about 1/2 their length at planting time with no further pruning required the next 3 years. Prune annually thereafter during the dormant period.
Fruit: Powder Blue Berries • Harvest: Late Midseason
Foliage: Large and Dark Green • Exposure: Full Sun or Partial Shade
Pests: No serious insect or disease problems.
Notes: 'Northland' is cold hardy and it is a vigorous blueberry that produces an abundance of small dark blue fruit. Compact plants are better suited to small gardens. Produces small white bell shaped flower clusters in spring. Bright green leaves brighten to orange in fall. Blueberries are delicious, exceptionally nutritious and high in bioflavanoids. YOU CAN PROTECT FRUIT FROM BIRDS WITH NETTING. The ornamental use of 'Northland' is also good.
Planting instructions: Prefers an acid soil. In alkaline soil, add aluminum sulphate for best results. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Add generous amounts of peat but no fertilizer when planting. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.
Prepare the ground well before planting. Blueberries can also be grown in large pots and containers if ericaceous compost is used. Prune in winter, cutting out dead or damaged branches. In spring, feed with sulphate of ammonia, sulphate of potash, bonemeal and top-dress with ericaceous compost.