1ft 'Top Hat' Blueberry Bush | 3L Pot | By James McIntyre & Sons
Compact half-high variety perfect for containers
The result of crossing a short stature high bush with a compact small low bush variety, Top Hat is an exciting cultivar that bears masses of pea-shaped berries in late summer. Unlike many blueberries, the pretty bell-shaped white blooms that precede the fruit are quite ornamental and comparatively huge on the tiny plant! The berries are sky blue and have a delicious flavour, the light green foliage remains fresh over a very long season. The perfect container plant for the sunny patio and also a distinctive choice for defined border plantings. Versatile and compact. Outstanding autumn foliage providing further ornamental interest.
- Types: Half-High
- 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: 1m x 1m (3 x 3ft)
Please note: where your plant is supplied with a pot, your plant's 'Height on Arrival' includes the pot
- 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.
Advice on hot and droopy plants
If your plants are looking a little wilted right now, don’t worry! Plants like to be filled with water to keep their structure, and when it’s hot that water evaporates.
Just give them an off-schedule watering and they’ll be right as rain in no time! Be careful not to flood them - plants don’t like extremes.
- 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.
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|Harvesting Period||Early Season Fruit Trees|
|Harvest Month||May, June, July, August|
|Needs Ericaceous Compost?||Yes|
|Species||Blueberry Plants, Soft Fruit Plants|
|Time To Crop||1 Year|
|Uses||Fruiting Plants Suitable For Eating Fresh|
|Annual Rate Of Growth||Fast Growing|
|Supplied As||2L-3L Pot|
|Type||Soft Fruit Plants|
|Shop By Category||Soft Fruit Plants|