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Spartan Highbush Blueberry
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Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean kale and rice cakes. Some foods, like blueberries, are nutritious AND delicious! Spartan is a special selection of Highbush Blueberry that has all of the good stuff that gives blueberries their “superfood” status. High in fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin K, its fruit is also low in calories. Many studies indicate that blueberries can aid in fighting heart disease and cancer, too. At the same time, Spartan blueberries receive some of the highest marks for flavor. When you grow them yourself, the berries seem even sweeter!
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. Spartan is an introduction that stands out for the large size of its fruit, its productivity, and its incomparable flavor. The big bunches of berries hang off the stems like grapes. This is a rather large-growing Blueberry with strong, sturdy branches.
Take the time to appreciate Spartan 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 and yellow color that Spartan’s foliage takes on in the 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 Spartan 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. Spartan Blueberry is not self-pollinating; you’ll need to plant another variety of Highbush Blueberry nearby so they can pollinate each other.
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