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Blueberry ‘Pink Lemonade’
Item BU162

Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit! New Blueberry introduction 'Pink Lemonade' and it’s really PINK! The first pink blueberry!
Blueberries are naturally high in anti-oxidants! 'Pink Lemonade' has unbelievable bright pink berries that are delightfully sweet in flavor. These plants are very vigorous and ornamentally attractive. Developed by the USDA with parentage to be successful in low chill climates. 'Pink Lemonade' offers four-season interest. The shrub has pinkish-white showy bell-shaped flowers in the spring. The fruits are pale greenish at first, then dappled pink, and finally develop a deep pink color indicating a ripened fruit. The leaves are smooth, glossy green, with serrated leaf margins. In fall, the leaves turn a bright orange fading to deep red. Wintertime twigs are dusky reddish-brown. Any un-harvested fruit supplies sustaining food to songbirds and wildlife. Make sure you put it where you can enjoy its showy pink flowers in spring and orange & red foliage in fall.

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 'Pink' Blueberry Muffins! Imagine, a late summer compote of mixed berries with the addition of the 'Pink Lemonade' fruits or a blueberry pie with a mix of the traditional blue berries along with the 'Pink Lemonade' berries. How beautiful!

Blueberries are rapidly increasing in interest. Like all blueberries, it must have moist, acidic soil to flourish. Even without the added bonus of delicious berries, it makes an attractive deciduous shrub with flowers in spring and striking autumn colors. Fast-growing. Blueberries are considered a beautiful productive hedge with spring flowering on dark green foliage, delicious fruit in summer and fiery red foliage for autumn color. 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.

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Size: #1 (1 Yr) • Hardiness: Zones 4-8 • Height: 4-5' • Spacing: 4-5'

Cultivar Type: Highbush • Botanical: Vaccinium 'Pink Lemonade' • Fruit: Pink • Harvest: Fruit in Mid-Late Season

Foliage: The leaves are smooth, glossy green, lanceolate, with serrated leaf margins. In fall, the leaves turn a bright orange fading to deep red.

Exposure: Full Sun • Pests: No serious insect or disease problems.

Soil Requirements: Acidic (pH 4.5-5.5) peaty or sandy soil that is moist but well drained. • Growth Rate: Moderate

Notes: Blueberries are delicious, exceptionally nutritious and high in bioflavanoids. Highbush Blueberry. The shrub is vigorous, reaching four to five feet in height and width. 'Pink Lemonade' is thought to perform best in climates matching the optimum for rabbiteye cultivars. Fruit ripening occurs mid-late to late season with moderate yields of medium-sized, glossy, bright pink fruit. The flavor is mild with good fruit firmness. Self-pollinating plants ripen mid-late season. Prefers acidic soil and full sun. This variety is sure to be very popular with home gardeners. YOU CAN PROTECT FRUIT FROM BIRDS WITH NETTING.

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.


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