Thursday, 24 April 2014

Dwarf Blueberry Shrubs

I bought a dwarf blueberry shrub from Minter Country Garden, so when I say I am growing blueberries on my balcony, make note - these are specialized plants, rather than the regular blueberry plant. As such, I thought it would be a good idea to write down the information that came on the label, to keep a reference to what kind of blueberry plant I am growing, and its specifications.

Blueberry Jelly Bean - A Taste of Jelly Beam

Jelly Bean is a charming little puffball of a blueberrry producing a prolific crop of large, flavorful blueberries mid-summer. The gorgeous foliage of Jelly Bean features uniquely elongated leaves that range from brilliant to darker greens with highlights of red in cooler climates. Try a mini-hedge along the a pathway, in the landscape or in decorative patio containers. 

Fruit Season: Mid-Summer

Berry Size: Medium to Large

Flavor: Sweet/Like Homemade Jelly

Shrub Habit: 1' - 2' Compact, Spherical Mound

Spring Color: Bright Greens

Fall Color: Rich Green with Red Leaf Margins

Planting & Care Notes: Full Sun * Acidic Soil (incorporate peat moss or organic matter into soil). * Good Drainage * Fertilize Early Spring (granular or liquid acid fertilizer) * Moderate watering

Pruning: This blueberry produces new canes each fall and spring. Once fruiting is complete, prune canes that have fruited leaving new canes to the next season. Annual pruning promotes plant growth and berry production.    

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