Blueberry 'Sunshine Blue' Bush - Vaccinium 'Sunshine Blue' - 2L Pot
First introduced in 1979 ĎSunshine Blueí was bred with several highly desirable features; it can tolerate a higher soil pH and higher temperatures, it is an evergreen and is self-pollinating while also producing sweet and tangy, great tasting fruit too! Being able to grow in soil or in a pot with a fantastic pink bloom it makes a great ornamental plant for the patio while also being able to yield 5 to 10 pounds of fruit.
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. Blueberries go great with cereal or as part of a smoothie and can make a great tasting jam too.
- Comes in a: 2L pot
- Height on arrival: 30-50cm
- Shrub is approx. 2 years old
- Rate of Growth: max. height in 2-5 years
- Flower Colour: Bright pink, white in summer
- Foliage Colour: Green
- Approx. Growth Height: 1.5m
- Approx Spread: 1/2m
- Flowering Period: Spring
- Harvesting Period: Late July - early August
- Tolerance: Frost tolerant, fairly drought tolerant once established
- Growing Habit: Bushy
- Self pollinating: Yes
- Uses: Eating fresh, cooking, jams/preserves, drinks/smoothies
- Hardiness: Hardy
- Exposure: Sheltered
- Scented: Foliage is aromatic
- Wildlife friendly - attracts bees and other pollinating insects
- Light Requirements: partial shade, full sun
- Soil Requirements: acid, alkaline, neutral, clay, loamy, sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
- Moisture: moist but well-drained, well-drained
Caring and Maintenance
Water during dry periods. Remove any weeds by hand and place a mulch around the plant in winter if you would like to avoid further weeds. Prune when dormant between late autumn and late winter. Aim to remove the old wood, as fruit grows on new wood.
Blueberries tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, but prefer well-drained conditions. A pH of 4.0 - 6.0 is ideal. They prefer full sun, but will also grow in partial shade.
Dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball. Ideally, mulch with compost or rotted manure. Firm the bush in well before watering.
Can be planted at any time of the year, as it is a containerised plant.
These fruits should be eaten or frozen within a few days of harvest. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves to bring great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Freshly picked fruit will bring your desserts to life with a flavour that simply can't be matched by mass produced, shop bought fruit. When planning your garden, try to choose varieties with fruits that ripen from early summer to late autumn to ensure a constant supply of fresh fruits throughout the warmer months.
A Blueberry Sunshine Blue 1 year after planting - sent in by a happy customer!