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Blueberries are naturally high in antioxidants! They are extremely nutritious and have 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. 'Bluecrop' is an early fruiting variety which produces a heavy crop of light blue berries that are full of flavor. It is a vigorous shrub with an upright habit and has good drought resistance. 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.
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. The ‘Bluecrop’ variety is vigorous and has dense foliage.
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 'Bluecrop'
Full sun to partial shade
Large, dark green
Light blue berries
Fruit in July
General Information +
General Characteristics: Blueberries are delicious, exceptionally nutritious and high in bioflavonoids. 'Bluecrop' is the standard of excellence. It is a leading commercial variety. Yield is consistent, ranging from 10-20 pounds per plant at maturity depending upon cultural care. Fruit size is large with 65 berries per cup. Medium to large, open clusters of large, firm, crack resistant, light blue fruit. Clusters of delicate white bell flowers in the Spring are followed by juicy blueberries late July onwards. Suitable for both open ground or container growing. 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.