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Blueberry 'Sunshine Blue'
Item BU182

Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit!
'Sunshine Blue' is great for southern climates. Blueberries are naturally high in anti-oxidants! With rich sweet berries and suitable for the southern states, 'Sunshine Blue' has it all. This semi-dwarf, versatile evergreen blueberry features showy hot pink flowers that fade to white in spring, yielding large crops of delicious berries. 'Sunshine Blue' tolerates higher pH soils better than many other blueberries and it is self-pollinizing. 'Sunshine Blue' needs less cold weather to produce fruit, making it ideal for Southern gardens, yet still cold hardy enough to perform in much of the North as well.

This is an up-right, compact bush reaching 3' tall, with blue-green foliage. The foliage turns crimson when cool temperatures arrive in fall. 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. These require fewer chill hours to fruit than the Northern Highbush which require over 1000 hours. 'Sunshine Blue' is perfect for smaller gardens and ideal for large patio tubs.

Blueberries are extremely nutritious and have high vitamin contents. 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. 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.
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Size: 1 Yr #1 Hardiness: Zones 5-10 Height: 3' Spacing: 3-4'

Cultivar Type: Southern Highbush Botanical: Vaccinium x 'Sunshine Blue'

Fruit: Powder Blue Berries Harvest: Mid to Late Season

Foliage: Blue-green then crimson foliage in fall.

Exposure: Full Sun or Partial Shade

Pests: No serious insect or disease problems.

Notes: Blueberries are delicious, exceptionally nutritious and high in bioflavanoids. YOU CAN PROTECT FRUIT FROM BIRDS WITH NETTING.

Planting instructions: Prefers an acid soil. In alkaline soil, add ammonium sulfate 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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