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Blue Jay Blueberry Seed - Organic 35 Count

$6.99

Organic Blue Jay Blueberry Seeds
Vaccinium
Bluejay Blueberry


Description: This highbush blueberry cultivar is an upright, deciduous shrub which typically grows 5-8' tall but is more manageable as a fruit crop when pruned to 6' or less. Dainty, waxy, bell-shaped, white flowers appear in May. Flowers are followed by medium sized blue blueberries which ripen in mid-season. Ovate, dark green leaves turn attractive shades of red in fall. Reddish stems have better winter color than those of most other blueberry varieties.
USDA Zones: 3-7
Height: 5-8 feet
Spacing: 4 - 6 feet
Depth: Plant at the same depth as in the nursery
Spread: 5 feet
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Pollinator: Another highbush variety
Yield: 10-20 pounds
Color: White
Watering: Blueberry bushes have very shallow root systems and are very sensitive to water fluctuations. They need at least 1 to 2 inches of water per week. In dry seasons, supplemental watering is essential to obtain good yields of high quality products. However, do not apply water after early September unless soil is very dry.
Starting Blueberries: Usually you will need to add a soil amendment like peat moss to get the pH that low, which is usually good as the additional humus introduced will help in drainage as well. You may need to add another amendment like sulfur to get the pH into the desired range. The soil should be a loamy mix, about 4-7 % organic matter. Blueberries have shallow roots and so drainage is important. If you have a clay soil or poor drainage you may want to consider raised garden beds for your blueberries. As an alternative you can consider hilling up around the plants. And compost is always a good thing to introduce into your soil preparation.
Fertilizer: Organic fertilizer that balances out at 10 – 10 – 10 (P, Ca, Mg) works the best. As always, compost will do this for you if you have a ready supply.
Pruning: There are some varying thoughts on pruning. Early pruning develops a very dense blueberry bush that will bear more fruit, however, it is thought, at the cost of hardiness. Not pruning heavily, allows the blueberry bush to attain a natural look and still allows heavy bearing of blueberry fruits. Thinning is always recommended for proper blueberry plant health and blueberry fruit production.
Harvesting: To pick by hand, gently roll berries between your thumb and forefinger, removing fully ripe berries and leaving unripe berries for the next picking. A picker can collect berries in an open container attached to a belt or cord at waist level. This frees both hands for picking. Blueberry fruits may be picked 2 to 4 times per season.
Soil pH: 4.0 to 4.7
Foliage: Rich Green
Blooms: May
Fruit: Tight clusters of large, slightly flat, medium blue berries
Comments: Highbush blueberry. Fruit is firm, if weather is not too hot. Small, dry recessed scar on fruit. Resistant to phytophthora. Tolerates wet or clay soils well. Red wood. Very vigorous.
Health Information: The dye that is released from the blueberries' skin may well be the most valuable nutrient the fruit has to offer. The pigments in blueberries and also in red crops such as cherries, plums, and red cabbage are powerful antioxidants. They have been determined to be a much-heralded chemical warrior against heart disease and also cancer. Blueberries actually have the highest antioxidant capacity because of their large anthocyanin concentration. Blueberries are not only a powerful antioxidant but also have been proved to preserve vision. Blueberry extract, high in compounds called anthocyanosides, has been found in clinical studies to slow down visual loss. Blueberries are literally bursting with nutrients and flavor, yet very low in calories. In the 1990s and Early 2000s researchers at Tufts University analyzed 60 fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant capability. Blueberries came out on top, rating highest in their capacity to destroy free radicals. Researchers have found that blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Researchers found that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved both the learning capacity and motor skills of aging animals, making them mentally equivalent to much younger ones. Downright Natural guarantees that the seed listed above is true to name, type, and cultivar. Downright Natural provides the seed as is, with no guarantee of germination, production, potential, or yield. Grower assumes all responsibility for germination, growth, harvest, and use. 

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  • Model: BBER-BJ
  • Shipping Weight: 0.1lbs
  • 9665 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Green Gardeners Group (3G's)

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