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Blueberry 'Pink Popcorn®'
Item BU165

Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit! New Blueberry introduction 'Pink Popcorn®' and its really PINK!
Blueberries are naturally high in anti-oxidants! This hardy northern high bush blueberry is a more compact grower than other varieties, and bears pink fruit that ripens early to midseason. These glowing blush-colored berries have the taste and aroma of the best blueberries, and could offer gourmands a decorative and exotic surprise. The crisp texture promises a “snap” of flavor, hence the whimsical “Popcorn” name. Pink Popcorn®, is truly a hardy plant, the only pink blueberry on the market tolerant in Zone 4 temperatures. Creamy white and pink berries ripen early to mid-season. They are self-fruitful, but will produce a heavier crop if planted with another early-season variety. The vase-shaped bushes with beautiful white flowers and medium green foliage that turns bright red in the fall make Pink Popcorn® a winner in the home landscape. At a mature size of 5'H x 5'W, Pink Popcorn® can be planted in rows, or incorporated easily into the landscape. Pink Popcorn® is self-fertile, but will produce a larger crop of berries of planted in proximity to another early season variety.

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 Popcorn' fruits or a blueberry pie with a mix of the traditional blue berries along with the 'Pink Popcorn' 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 3-7 • Height: 5' • Spacing: 5'

Cultivar Type: Highbush • Botanical: Vaccinium 'Pink Popcorn'

Fruit: Light Blush Pink • Harvest: Fruit in Early-Mid Season

Foliage: The leaves are smooth, glossy green, lanceolate, with serrated leaf margins. In fall, the leaves turn 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 five feet in height and width. Fruit ripening occurs early-mid season with moderate yields of medium-sized, glossy, light blush-pink fruit. The flavor is mild with good fruit firmness. Self-pollinating plants. 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 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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