Collection Offer of 3 Giant Blueberries - Shrub
Enjoy Giant Blueberries for all summer long!
Prepare a large hole for Vaccinium corymbosum and loosen the soil with a fork. Blueberries prefer an acidic soil, improve yours with peat and mulch from a pine woodland if possible. Make sure that the blueberry root ball is moistened well – place it in a bucket of luke warm water for a while. Plant the root ball at the correct depth in the hole – the top of the root ball should be just below ground level. Refill the hole with soil and press firmly down. Water immediately after planting. Planting distance is 1.5 m apart. A spot in the sun or partial shade is best for your blueberry. Shade is acceptable and does no harm. Fairly damp soil is ok.
The Blueberry is an easily cultivated fruit shrub that can reach two metres high and blossoms with attractive pale pink flowers in the spring. In autumn you can enjoy the bright flaming colours. The huge berries of the Vaccinium corymbosum 'Jersey' are firm, sweet and fragrant. Those of the Vaccinium corymbosum 'Goldtraube' are slightly darker with a great flavour. The Vaccinium corymbosum 'Bluejay' are medium sized berries and are also very flavoursome. You can make the most amazing home made jam with these giant blueberries. Blueberries are very healthy and are full of vitamin C.Vaccinium belong to the Ericaceae family (heather like plants).
The family name Vaccinium has two meanings: 1) it's the old name for Blueberry. 2) from 'vacca' (L. = cow) and baccinium/bacca (L. = berries); so 'cow berries', a type of berry much enjoyed by cows. The variety notation corymbosum means bouquet or bunch, referring to the cluster of flowers when in bloom. This is why these shrubs are also known as cluster blueberries.
Giant blueberry shrubs should be fertilised in the spring with a calcium rich fertiliser (potash) and mulched with garden compost. Shade does no harm. Water well in periods of drought. Berries can be picked when they are a nice blue colour and begin to feel soft. Pinkish white flowers appear in April-May followed by berries in July-August. First berries are ripe in June and the last are ripe in August. Great for eating fresh, but they are also suitable for making jam. Freezing works well too. Blueberry bushes require little pruning. Keep around six to eight stems per bush. Regularly remove the oldest stems to encourage new growth.