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Legacy Highbush Blueberry
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Blissful summer days… throwing the Frisbee around, grilling out, grazing on blueberries in the backyard. Let Legacy Highbush Blueberry be one of your simple seasonal pleasures. At the height of summer, these delectable morsels reach perfect ripeness—plump, juicy, and delightfully sweet-tart. The fragrant fruits are some of the most flavorful blueberries you can buy. Add them to smoothies, salads, cobblers, and pies—if any of them make it to the kitchen! When the weather turns cool and crisp, Legacy delights once more. In cold climates, the leaves turn blaze-orange before falling. In mild regions, they turn golden yellow and often hold all winter. Fantastic!
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. The USDA has been instrumental in developing this beloved native fruit. Legacy is the result of efforts by USDA and Rutgers researchers to come up with superior Blueberry selections. It was introduced to the public in 1993.
Take the time to appreciate Legacy 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 Legacy 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. Legacy Blueberry is self-pollinating, but you’ll get bigger fruits and more of them if you plant another variety of Highbush Blueberry nearby so they can pollinate each other.
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