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'Patriot' is great for northern climates and has the biggest, juiciest berries ever! It has been hybridized to adapt to the very northern climates of our country. ‘Patriot’ is very winter hardy to -30 degrees F or lower (Zone 3-7). It has large fruit that is firm and flavorful. The berry is formed on tight clusters. ‘Patriot’ is a great choice for the fresh or U-Pick markets because of the size and quality of the fruit. ‘Patriot’ is also very nice used as an ornamental bush and is well loved by wildlife. The flowers provide nectar for native bees, butterflies and other pollinators while the fruit is eaten by birds and other wildlife. ‘Patriot’ is also disease resistant.
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.
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 'Patriot'
Full sun to partial shade
Large, dark green
General Information +
General Characteristics: 'Patriot' is better adapted to grow in clay soils than most blueberries, as it is resistant to phytopthera root rot. The 'Patriot' blueberry bush tends to be shorter and wider with more red and variable leaf colors in the autumn, making this variety a beautiful choice as an ornamental bush. It also gets really large berries which are delicious, exceptionally nutritious, and high in bioflavonoids.
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. Be careful not to plant too deeply. 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. Water thoroughly. Blueberries can also be grown in large pots and containers if compost is used.
Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems. You can protect fruit from birds with netting.