1ft 'Collins' Blueberry Bush | 3L Pot | By James McIntyre & Sons

Code: PL39853
1ft 'Collins' Blueberry Bush | 3L Pot | By James McIntyre & Sons

Mid season variety with very sweet fruit that are resistant to cracking

Named in honour of Lester Collins (1880-1957) amateur horticulturalist & fruit grower, this mid season variety produces large light blue fruit in medium sized clusters. The fruit is firm, very sweet, has an excellent flavour and is also resistant to cracking.

Variety Information

Type Types are different species of blueberry that each have a different eventual height and spread. Northern Highbush
Harvesting Period May-August
Estimated Time to Best Yields 2 Years
Uses Eating Fresh, Jam-Making, Cooking

Size Information

Supplied As2L Pot
Height on Arrival45cm (18 Inches)
Planting Distance Half-high varieties can be planted closer together than the other more vigorous types of blueberry.1-1.8m
Eventual Height & Spread Eventual size depends on both environmental and genetic conditions.1.5m x 1.5m (5 x 5ft)
Optional Extras
  • Levington® Ericaceous Compost - 20 Litres
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  • Ericaceous Liquid Seaweed Stimulant by Empathy - 1L
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  • 60g Empathy rootgrow™ Mycorrhizal Fungi
    Add +
  • 40cm Terracotta Fibrecotta Large Cube Planter
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  • 42cm Small Wooden Pine Raised Cube Planter
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Selected items will be included with your purchase

Our soft fruit plants are carefully checked by our fruit nursery experts prior to despatch to ensure they are up to size and in perfect condition.

Larger orders are packed into specially made, extra thick cardboard boxes with innovative inserts that hold your plants in place to prevent any damage in transit.

Small orders for bare root plants are carefully wrapped and then sent in padded mail bags for delivery in the large letter postal service where there are no larger items capable of causing damage.

Key is to regularly water newly-planted plants, at least bimonthly for two months. It is also important to ensure adequate spacing (1-1.8m) between bushes, depending on whether your variety is a dwarfing half-high, or another more vigorous type of blueberry.

Dig a hole twice the radius of the rootball. Before planting, drench the rootball. Place the pot in the hole, ensuring it sits no lower than an inch below ground.

Fill the hole with a mix of ericaceous compost and garden soil, and add fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. Do not compress the soil. Give your plant a good watering. Add mulch on top whether bark and wood chippings, compost, manure, leaf-mould and stones. Make sure mulch doesn't touch the stem.

Blueberry plants are extremely easy to grow. Below we address some common queries:

  • Hardiness: blueberry plants originate from North America, which have far colder winters than than UK.
  • Position: in the UK, the greatest barrier to successful fruiting is a lack of sunlight, so planting in full sun is recommended, although blueberries will tolerate light shade. Planting your bush in a sheltered spot will help prevent uprooting and allow it to put more resources into fruiting.
  • Soil Types: blueberry plants are suited to acidic soils below 5.5pH. pHs above this will reduce the amount of nutrients a plant can 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, filling it with ericaceous compost. It is important to avoid waterlogged soils, which starve a plant of oxygen, which plays a key role in photosynthesis, cause its roots to rot and create the perfect environment for many diseases.

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