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Blueberry ‘Blueray’

‘Blueray’ is perhaps the best midseason ripening cultivar for U-Pick growers. This variety is an old favorite. It produces high yields of small, tight clusters of medium to large blue fruit. Flavors of sweetness with a desirable hint of acidity make it a fine flavored fruit.  Even without the added bonus of delicious berries, it makes an attractive deciduous shrub with white flowers in spring, striking autumn colors, and bright red wood in the winter.

Blueberries are naturally high in antioxidants! This fast-growing fruit is extremely nutritious and has a high vitamin content. Blueberries are excellent in pies and make delicious jams and preserves. Best of all, bake your own blueberry muffins! Blueberries are rapidly increasing in interest due to their reliability and health benefits.

Like all blueberries, it must have moist, acidic soil to flourish. 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' 25 100 $77.50
Retail-Ready Packages
BU502000 Blueberry Assortment 25 35 $90.00
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Plant Details +

Botanical Vaccinium corymbosum 'Blueray'
Cultivator Type Highbush
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 +

General Characteristics: Blueberries are delicious, exceptionally nutritious, and high in bioflavonoids. Soft, firm skin of ‘Blueray’ resists 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. 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. Bright red wood in the winter. ‘Blueray’ is the leading variety planted for the U-Pick markets. This variety is also very popular with home gardeners.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: Prepare the ground well before planting. Blueberries prefer 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. When planting, add generous amounts of peat but no fertilizer. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. 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.

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems. You can protect fruit from birds with netting.