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Blue Jay Highbush Blueberry
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Grow a luscious landscape! Bluejay Highbush Blueberry is a treat for both the taste buds and the eyes. Every summer you’ll look forward to lots of yummy fruits for fresh eating, cobbler, pies, and smoothies—right outside your door. But don’t think that you have to hide this handy Accent in the backyard. Blueberry plants are pretty enough to put on display! They’re especially enchanting in autumn, when the dark green foliage becomes a blazing bonfire of scarlet, orange, and gold. Bluejay is a classic selection that delivers delectable, medium to large berries and fiery fall color. Ravishing!
So many of the plants we grow for food come from distant places. The Highbush Blueberry is a homegrown American native. It grows in the wild from Maine all the way to Florida, ranging westward to Minnesota and Louisiana. Over the years, plant breeders have worked to improve the size, flavor, and quantity of its berries. Bluejay stands out for its fast growth and juicy fruits that are produced in abundance. It’s also noteworthy for the way the berries hang on the plant for an extended period without losing flavor. That means you get to keep picking for a long time!
Take the time to appreciate Bluejay Highbush Blueberry’s exquisite flowers in the spring. The dainty white blossoms, shaped like tiny, upside-down urns, make a pleasing show. Honey bees love the blooms, and they get right to work pollinating them.
How to Grow
Acid soil is key to growing Blueberries successfully. These peat-loving Accents require very low–pH conditions in order to thrive. If your soil isn’t naturally acidic, you may want to grow Bluejay Blueberry in a large container or raised bed. Give it all-day sun if possible and use lots of organic matter—both as a soil amendment and as mulch. Water weekly if no rain falls. Bluejay Blueberry is self-pollinating, so you don’t need to plant another variety nearby. It’s perfect for owners of small gardens who don’t have the space for multiple plants.
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