WEST GROVE, PA — It’s never been easier to grow your own nutritious blueberries. Bushel and Berry have just added 2 new blueberry varieties to their homegrown berry collection. It’s finally possible to grow blueberries almost anywhere. Try them on decks, front steps or balconies. All you’ll need is a sunny spot and a big container.
Bred specifically for home gardeners, these edible berry plants offer year-round beauty and produce delicious full-size fruit. Place them front and center in decorative patio containers or in the landscape for four seasons of color.
“With the trend toward healthy living on the rise, these edible shrubs are perfect for anyone looking to improve their well-being with nutritious fruit right from their own yard,” says Layci Gragnani, program manager for the brand collection.
Blueberry Buckle is a quick growing blueberry that stays compact. White bell-shaped flowers appear in spring and produce sweet, dark blueberries. Its glossy, dark green foliage resembles boxwood. In the autumn you can expect the foliage to take on hints of orange and red. This is a low water, low chill* variety that is perfect for gardens in warmer climates. Plant in patio pots or in the landscape. Zone 6-10, 2-3’ tall.
Southern Bluebelle will be a charming addition to your patio or landscape. This petite, low-water and low-chill* blueberry plant displays bright red, emerging foliage that turns emerald green as it matures. This variety produces plump, juicy blueberries in late summer. Perfect for small space gardens or patios in warmer climates. Zone 6-10, 2-3’ tall.
Things to note about the Bushel and Berry Collection:
- All Bushel and Berry blueberries are self-pollinating and do not require another variety to be planted near-by to produce fruit.
- Grow them in acid soil. (A rhododendron/azalea formulation is perfect.) Incorporate some peat moss around the top of the container if available.
- Plant them in full sun in a large container (at least 14 inches in diameter) with a drainage hole.
- Feed in early and late spring with a granular or liquid acid fertilizer. Rhododendron/Azalea blends are perfect.
- Prune once fruiting is complete. Remove canes that have fruited, leaving new canes to fruit the following season.
*Low-chill blueberries will thrive in areas that don’t have temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit for extended periods of time. If you live in a warmer climate, a “low-chill” will grow best for you.
For more information about the collection visit: http://www.bushelandberry.com.
Source: Garden Media Group, 520 West State Street, Kennett Square PA 19348
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