Vaccinium 'Earliblue' | Blueberry Plant
Early season blueberry perfect for extending the growing season
One of the first blueberries of the season. Well-shaped, upright and vigorous plants with dark green foliage. Produces reliable crops of aromatic, light-blue berries. Fruit is best fresh, but also good in pies and jam. Developed in 1936, introduced in 1952. Ripens in June. Self-pollinating, but will yield larger crops if pollinated with Bluecrop or Jersey. 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. Blueberries are not reliably 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: 9cm Pot
- Height on Arrival: 5cm (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.
|Needs Ericaceous Compost?||No|