Soft Fruit Plant Collection | Blueberries, Blackberries & Lingonberries

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Soft Fruit Plant Collection | Blueberries, Blackberries & Lingonberries
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Soft Fruit Plant Collection | Blueberries, Blackberries & Lingonberries


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A jam-makers dream with flavours you can't buy in store

This Collection Includes:

  • 1 x ˜Karaka Black' Blackberry 9cm Pot
  • 1 x ˜Red Pearl' Lingonberry 9cm Pot
  • 1 x 'Sunshine Blue' Evergreen Blueberry 9cm Pot

Blueberry Sunshine Blue

One of the only evergreen Blueberries with beautiful ornamental value on top of bumper crops.

First introduced in 1979 ˜Sunshine Blue' 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.


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'Red Pearl' Lingonberry

The blueberry bush's sharper cousin

Red Pearl lingonberry is a close relative of blueberry bushes (all are in the genus Vaccinium). This plant provides good ground cover and produces wonderful red berries which allows you to grow fruit even without a distinct vegetable patch or fruit area by incorporating this pretty groundcover in your ornamental garden beds.

During late spring white to pink drooping bell-shaped flowers appear at the ends of stems followed by red berries ripen in late summer, with a second, usually larger, crop occurring in autumn. Lingonberries produce abundant crops of large, red berries that carry a sweet but acidic flavour and are highly nutritious.


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'Karaka Black' Blackberry

An exceptional cultivar that is perfect if you want a bumper crops

Superb variety originating from New Zealand. Karaka Black has long arching stems that bear lobed mid-green leaves and white flowers in Summer. The flowers are followed by exceptionally long and large shiny black fruit that is firm, easy to pick and above all has an excellent flavour. The berries are superb for freezing and ideal for all-purpose use. Very long season running from early July through to September. Karaka Black is quick to establish itself and very easy to grow, it also has an excellent disease resistance to downy mildew. Recommended by the RHS as an excellent attractant and nectar source for bees and other beneficial insects. A quite outstanding performer!

In trials in New Zealand, Karaka Black produced more than 2X the yield of other popular blackberries such as Waldo and Silvan - around 15t/ha. The berries themselves are incredibly long, firm and shiny and boast exceptional flavour. Each berry usually weighs over 10g and carry a deep purple to black shine. This variety has been recommended by the RHS as an excellent attractant to bees and wildlife and although a new cultivar, is now the most planted blackberry in the UK due to its bumper crops and great tasting fruit.


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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.

Planting

  • Planting Distance: 1.2m

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.

Fruit Benefits

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.

 

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