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Blueberry ‘Berkeley’

Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit!

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! Very popular and reliable. Blueberries are rapidly increasing in interest. ‘Berkeley’ is a late midseason blueberry and carries attractive powder blue fruit with a pleasing light flavor and good dessert quality. An excellent producer in mild climates. Bright yellow canes grow 5-6 ft wide and tall. Approx. 70 berries per cup. Most popular home garden variety.

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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Plant Details +

Size #1 (1 Yr)
Height 4-6'
Spacing 5-8'
Hardiness Zones 4-7
Exposure Full Sun or Partial Shade
Foliage Large and Dark Green
Fruit Powder Blue Berries
Harvest Late Midseason

General Information +

Botanical: Vaccinium 'Berkeley'

Cultivator Type: Highbush

General Characteristics: Blueberries are delicious, exceptionally nutritious and high in bioflavanoids. Fruit size is medium-large averaging 70 berries per cup. Quality of fruit is very good for local markets but the berry does not have a long shelf life, because the picking scar is large. Ericaceous so will require soil or compost of an acidic nature. Harvesting should be done by hand. Not recommended for machine picking due to the brittle canes and spreading habit. This would be a good plant for a U-Pick operation to fill the gap between the early and late cultivars. Avoid frost pockets or colder exposed areas. This variety is also the most popular with home gardeners. YOU CAN PROTECT FRUIT FROM BIRDS WITH NETTING. The ornamental use of Berkeley is good if the landscaper needs a spreading type bush.

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.