Duke Highbush Blueberry
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Professional berry growers favor Duke Highbush Blueberry for its many fine qualities. This superior selection wins out by virtue of its strong growth, hardiness, and productivity, and its medium-large fruits are uniform and taste pleasantly tart, like a blueberry should. Go with the pros’ choice in your own garden. With Duke Blueberry, you’ll have loads of picture-perfect fruit that tastes delicious! Blueberry pie, blueberry cobbler, blueberry muffins, blueberry smoothies—imagine how many treats you will make with them! Every year, you’ll look forward to berry season and coming up with new ways to enjoy them. Scrumptious.
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. Duke resulted from a cross made by USDA Blueberry hybridizer Arlen Draper in the 1960s. It stood out for the reasons mentioned above, as well as for the fruit’s good keeping qualities and the satisfying way the berries “pop” in your mouth. It was introduced to the public in 1987.
Take the time to appreciate Duke Highbush Blueberry’s exquisite flowers in the spring. The dainty white blossoms, shaped like tiny, upside-down urns, make a pleasing show. You’ll also enjoy the glowing orange-yellow color that Duke’s foliage takes on in fall. A delightful Accent with or without fruit!
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 Duke 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. DukeBlueberry 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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