Blueberry Lovin’

One of my daughter’s favorite foods is blueberries.  She calls them “blue-blues” and would eat them everyday at every meal if she could.  Our bountiful backyard is home to one 4 year old potted blueberry bush.  When the berries are ripe, she visits the bush daily, looking for new ripe blue jewels to pick and eat on the spot.  The first few years this blueberry bush, which shall remain nameless (mainly because I don’t know which type it is!) didn’t do much by way of growth or fruit.  Over the past year I began giving it coffee ground supplements (who wouldn’t like that) after I read of their love for an acidic soil.  The thing has been growing like a weed ever since!  I’ve never seen so many future blueberry flowers.

This guy is one happy camper.

Future blue-blues.

So it would only make sense that after calling my favorite local nursery and finding out that they just got in 7 kinds of blueberries, that I’d go take a look.  After much deliberation and speaking with the garden guru there, I decided on Sharpblue.  Since its release in 1984, it has become the most widely planted and adaptable of the low-chill, southern highbush cultivars available, both domestic and internationally.  A mature Sharpblue produces 8-12 pounds of sweet berries, with higher yields reported when irrigation and soil fertility are at their best.

Sharpblue will grow vigorously to a mature height of 5-6 feet tall, with good structure and spreading habit.  A very full and robust shrub, Sharpblue looks great in the landscape as well.  In its most southern range, Sharpblue will remain evergreen, and bloom and fruit periodically through the year.  Yes, it fruits throughout the year!  It does best in locations that don’t receive spring frosts that are hard and late.  Hardy in USDA zones 7b-10.

I know, it's not the most impressive thing, but I have faith! Yesterday I cleared a section of a huge, climbing lemon scented geranium to make way for this beauty. This one is destined for the earth, not a pot. I'm going to mix in some peat moss, coffee grounds, soil amendment and organic fertilizer with the existing soil. My current blueberry gets part shade, which is the same destiny for this one. Hopefully I'll be taking gorgeous photos of this one in a year or two.

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