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Blueberry ‘Blueray’

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. ‘Blueray’ is perhaps the best midseason ripening cultivar for U-Pick growers. This variety is an old favorite. Small, tight clusters of large, medium blue fruit. Fruits are large, some of them an inch in diameter. Flavors of sweetness with a desirable hint of acidity make it a fine flavored fruit. 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 white flowers in spring and striking autumn colors. Bright red-wood in the winter. Fast-growing.

The Blueberry shrub makes a beautiful ornamental accent with spring flowering on dark green foliage, delicious fruit in summer and fiery red foliage in the fall. The Blueray variety produces high yields of large tight clusters. 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.

Availability

# Description Qty per Unit Units Available Price/Unit
Bulk
BU111BAG Blueberry 'Blueray' 25 92 $77.50
Retail-Ready Packages
BU502000 Blueberries Assortment 25 66 $90.00
Blueberry_Blueray
BU111-1BU111-2

Plant Details +

Size 1 YR #1
Height 4-6'
Spacing 5-8'
Hardiness Zones 4-7
Exposure Full sun to partial shade
Foliage Dark Green
Fruit Medium blue berries
Harvest Mid-July

General Information +

Botanical: Vaccinium corymbosum Blueray

Cultivator Type: Highbush

General Characteristics: Blueberries are delicious, exceptionally nutritious and high in bioflavanoids. Soft, firm skin of Blueray resist cracking. Excellent quality berries with a sweet, slightly tart, aromatic flavor. Vigorous and very productive, this bush will grow 4-6 feet tall at maturity. Bright red wood in the winter. Tight clusters may discourage machine picking. Yield is consistent, ranging from 10-20 pounds per plant at maturity depending upon cultural care. Fruit size is large with 60 berries per cup. Clusters of delicate white bell flowers in the Spring are followed by juicy blueberries mid-July. Blueray is the leading variety planted for the U-Pick markets. This variety is also very popular with home gardeners. 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 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 compost.