This year we are happy to offer large, potted blueberry plants. Four different varieties are available that will ripen about 2 weeks apart so you can spread out your harvest over a period of almost two months.
Blueberries are intolerant of high PH soil, and should only be grown in light sandy or organic ground of low PH (5.0 or less, which is very acidic), that drains well. Clay type soils are generally too high in PH to support blueberries, and although I’ve heard of people amending clay with spaghma moss and sand, then adding aluminum sulphate to lower PH, I’m told the plants still grow slowly compared to planting on lighter, more naturally acidic soil.
These blueberry plants are 1½’- 2′ tall, and growing in one gallon pots, With proper site selection and care they will begin producing berries in 1-2 years. Mature height of plants will be 5′ – 6′
These are very hardy varieties and will do well anywhere in the lower peninsula of Michigan.
Blueberries need at least two different varieties planted near each other for proper pollination.
Patriot – This is the earliest ripening variety producing very large berries of excellent quality, Bush grows 5′-6′ ft tall, and can yield up to 20 pounds of fruit per plant. Foliage turns a fiery orange in the fall, making it a nice ornamental also. A great season opener!
2 gallon pot, 24″ – 36″ plants $20.00 Ripens in early – mid July
Blue Ray – Is a widely grown variety that ripens a couple weeks after Patriot. Berries are very large, bright blue, and of excellent quality for all uses. Plants reach 5′-6′ tall and can produce 20 pounds of fruit each. Blue Ray is one of the most planted U-pick varieties in Michigan.
Ripens later in July
Nelson – Is a newer, very hardy variety that ripens about 2 weeks after Blue Ray. Berries are large, dark blue, and good for all purposes. Very productive also, producing 15-18 pounds of fruit per plant.
Ripens early August
Elliot – This latest ripening variety we offer is widely planted commercially for it high quality, medium sized fruit that also keeps very well. Elliot can be used for all purposes, and is very productive often yielding up to 20 pounds of fruit per plant when mature.
Ripens late August – September