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Blueberry ‘Jersey’

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Blueberries are naturally high in anti-oxidants! This variety is an all time favorite blueberry with a distinctly sweet flavor. Blueberry, Vaccinium ‘Jersey’ is a late-season variety that is easy to grow, high-yielding, and one of the oldest and most widely grown blueberry varieties. ‘Jersey’ is an outstanding variety for the home landscape. And with its famous cold hardiness, you’ll be harvesting for years.The berries are dark blue, medium in size, and very sweet. Long clusters of fruit are prolific on the 6-foot tall bush. The plants are vigorous in most any soil, therefore ‘Jersey’ is widely planted by Commercial growers in Michigan. One plant will produce up to 15 pounds of fruit mid to late in the season. ‘Jersey’ is an excellent choice for berries to ripen after Blue Ray. Many people who know their berries will tell you this old variety is the best. The berries are not as big as some of the others, but many think the taste is sweeter, and the well-shaped bush is certainly a more handsome shrub. A tall and well-shaped bush that has excellent ornamental value, too.

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.

Availability

# Description Units Available Price/Unit
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BU133BAG Blueberry 'Jersey' out of stock $82.50
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Plant Details +

Size 1 YR #1
Height 48-60"
Spacing 48-60" wide
Hardiness Zones 4-8
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Large, dark green
Fruit Deep blue berries
Freezing Quality Excellent
Harvest Late-season

General Information +

Botanical: Vaccinium 'Jersey'

Cultivator Type: High-bush hybrid

General Characteristics: Jersey' is very productive and an excellent berry for baking. It ripens in August and is a very reliable producer every year. It has an upright and open growth habit. This blueberry grows best on sites where most other crops fail. The bush is very vigorous and productive. The clusters are long and loose. It is suitable for mechanical harvesting. It performs well on loose textured soils--mixtures of sand and peat are best. Jersey is one of the oldest, most widely grown varieties and is easy to grow in most soil types. Prune as needed in late winter beginning in the third year after planting. Although blueberries are self-fertile, cross-pollination produces the best fruit crop. Blueberries are delicious, exceptionally nutritious, high in bioflavanoids. Blueberries are a gourmet treat that may be eaten fresh or used in cobbler, cake, sauce, jam, jelly or syrup. Birds love blueberries so be sure to plant enough to share! YOU CAN PROTECT FRUIT FROM BIRDS WITH NETTING.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pollinator: For best production at least 2 blueberry varieties should be used for cross-pollination. (You need two kinds for cross-pollination, three being even better.)

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems.

Planting Instructions: Be careful not to plant too deeply. 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. Plant early in spring spaced 4' apart in rows 10' apart. Spread roots out in a downward direction in your hole leaving the main trunk above the soil. Water thoroughly. AFTER CARE: Annual pruning to remove the small branches near the base of the plant and any dead or injured branches is recommended. This promotes an upright vigorous bush that produces larger berries that tend to ripen faster. 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.