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Highbush blueberry

Vaccinium corymbosum

Belonging to the Vaccinium genus, Highbush blueberry has a botanical name of Vaccinium corymbosum.

Blueberries are known as a superfood as they are packed full of antioxidents and vitamin C. The fruits are excellent eaten fresh, or in pies and jams.
Great for cooking and eating fresh. Ideal for containers. Abundant fruit. Will attract birds including bluebirds if fruit is not netted.1

It is a fruit that typically grows as a perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more. Normally growing to a mature height of 2.10 metres (6.83 feet), Highbush blueberry grows with a bushy habit. This plant tends to bloom in mid spring, followed by first harvests in mid summer. This plant is a great attractor for bees, so if you are looking to attract wildlife Highbush blueberry is a great choice. Some varieties of Highbush blueberry you may like to consider growing are: Bluecrop, Jersey, Sunshine Blue, Chippewa and Patriot.

Canada is believed to be where Highbush blueberry originates from.

Be aware that Highbush blueberry typically needs a fair amount of maintenance and care in order to grow successfully. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests. Pay attention to weeding, feed and pruning schedules to ensure your plant remains in peak condition.

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How to grow Highbush blueberry

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Prefers well drained acidic soil in full sun or part shade. Plant in a pot with ericaceous compost if your soil is not suitable. Water with rainwater. Shelter from cold, drying winds. Protect the fruit from birds.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water often. Use Zone 5 - Zone 8 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Planting Highbush blueberry in peat-rich soil with a ph of between 4.8 and 5.2 is ideal for as it does best in moderately acidic soil - weakly acidic soil. Keep in mind when planting that Highbush blueberry is thought of as hardy, so it can be safe to leave outdoors for the majority of winter (although if in doubt, using a row cover is often a good idea).

See our list of companion Plants for Highbush blueberry to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Highbush blueberry from seed

Transplanting Highbush blueberry

Remove the plant from it’s pot and soak the roots in a bucket of water for 1 hour. Dig a hole, or select a pot wide enough to be able to spread out the roots, and deep enough so that the old soil mark on the stem is at the same level as the ground. Place centrally in the hole and refill with a mix of soil and compost. Firm down and water well.

This plant really needs low pH to bloom. Don’t bother to plant if you dont have compost or un-balanced peat.

As Highbush blueberry is hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Harvesting Highbush blueberry

Birds love berries so they must be protected (with nets).

Common Highbush blueberry problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Highbush blueberry plants:

Any distress with the plant will probably be due to an alkaline soil or lime in the water supply.

Apart from birds this is a remarkably pest free family.

Highbush blueberry Folklore & Trivia

Originated from US/CA swaps. Hybrids wont grow very tall, but original plant will.

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