Serving your perennial, flowerbulb, fruit and vegetable plant needs since 1957.
'Arlen' is great for southern climates. Blueberries are naturally high in antioxidants! They are extremely nutritious and have a high vitamin content. Blueberries are delicious for making excellent pies, jams, and preserves. Best of all, bake your own blueberry muffins! Blueberries are rapidly increasing in interest since they are so nutritious and reliable. They 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 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. The fruit is great eaten fresh with fine flavor, firmness, and appearance. It also exhibits a long shelf life for storage. 'Arlen' is a good choice for the fresh marketing of large firm fruit. It 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.
Plant Details +
Vaccinium corymbosum 'Arlen'
Full sun or partial shade
Large and dark green
Powder blue berries
General Information +
General Characteristics: Blueberries are delicious, exceptionally nutritious, and high in bioflavanoids.
Planting/Care Instructions +
Planting Instructions: Prepare the ground well before planting. 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. 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.
Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems. You can protect fruit from birds with netting.