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Blueberry ‘Arlen’

Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit!
‘Arlen’ is great for southern 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. 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.

The ‘Arlen’ variety is very upright, with good vigor and is especially suited for the Southern U.S. market. The plants are resistant to stem blight disease. Fruit size is consistently medium to mostly large and very attractive. The fruit is great eaten fresh with fine flavor, firmness and appearance. It also exhibits a long shelf life for storage. This is an good choice for the fresh marketing of large firm fruit. Reaches 5-6′ at maturity, and plants are very robust. 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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Plant Details +

Size #1 (1 Yr)
Height 5-6'
Spacing 5-8'
Hardiness Zones 5-8
Exposure Full sun or partial shade
Foliage Large and dark green
Fruit Powder blue berries
Harvest Late midseason

General Information +

Botanical: Vaccinium 'Arlen'

Cultivator Type: Highbush

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

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems.

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.