1ft 'Berkeley' Blueberry Bush | 9cm Pot
Versatile mid-season variety with large fruits
'Berkeley', is a late midseason blueberry and carries attractive powder-blue fruit which are a great side and carry a pleasing light flavor. 'Berkeley' is often said to be the largest of the blueberries with fruits often over half an inch in diameter. The crops are good and regular and the plant is towards the hardy side for blueberries. These attributes have made 'Berkeley' the most popular in home grown varieties over recent years.
The rise in the reputation of the blueberry as a superfood has also led to a great increase in popularity. The fruits are packed full of vitamin c and antioxidants and are much more palatable than some of the other superfood alternatives. With claims of weight loss, fat burning, anti-aging, and memory and motor skill improvements there seems to be plenty of reasons to add more blueberries to your diet. Blueberries go great with cereal or as part of a smoothie and can make a great tasting jam too.
Blueberries are not self fertile so this will require a pollinating partner to bear fruit.
- Type: Northern Highbush
- Harvesting Period: May-August
- Estimated Time to Best Yields: 2 Years
- Uses: Eating Fresh, Jam-Making, Cooking
- Supplied As: 2L Pot
- Height on Arrival: 45cm (18 Inches)
- Planting Distance: 1-1.8m
- Eventual Height & Spread: 1.5m x 1.5m (5 x 5ft)
- Dig a hole that is twice the radius of the rootball.
- Before planting, drench your plant’s rootball.
- Place the pot in the planting hole, making sure that it sits no lower than an inch below the ground.
- Fill the planting hole with a mix of compost and garden soil, and add fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. Take care to not compress the soil.
- Once you are happy with your efforts, provide your plant with a good watering.
- Add mulch on top (whether bark and wood chippings, compost, manure, leaf-mould, and stones). Try to keep the mulch from touching the stem.
- Apply fertiliser, and replace decomposed mulch come spring.
- Hardiness: Blueberry plants derive from North America, which can have much colder winters than the UK. Therefore, mild winters are less likely to damage your blueberry plant.
- Position: In the UK, the greatest barrier to successful fruiting is a lack of sunlight, so planting in full sun is recommended. However, blueberries still tolerate light shade.
- Soil: Blueberry plants are suited to acidic soils below 5.5 pH, and anything above this will reduce the amount of nutrients they absorb. You can increase the acidity of your soil by watering with rainwater, and using pine needles and ericaceous compost as mulch. With chalky soils, you are better off planting in pots and filling them with ericaceous compost. It also is important that you avoid waterlogged soils, which will starve your blueberry plant of oxygen.
|Harvesting Period||Mid Season Fruit Trees|
|Blueberry Type||Northern Highbush|
|Harvest Month||May, June, July, August|
|Needs Ericaceous Compost?||Yes|
|Species||Blueberry Plants, Soft Fruit Plants|
|Time To Cropping||1 Year|
|Uses||Fruiting Plants Suitable For Eating Fresh|
|Annual Rate Of Growth||Fast Growing|
|Supplied As||9cm Pot|
|Supplied As||9cm Pot|
|Type||Soft Fruit Plants|