- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: prefers moist, well-drained, acidic soil or ericaceous compost in a pot.
- Rate of growth: fast
- Other features: light blue berries (June - July)
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Well-loved fruits that are fast becoming a staple in the kitchen garden, blueberries are both delicious and nutritious. Extremely high in vitamin C and full of anti-oxidants, they have been used over centuries to treat a multitude of different ailments. Easy to grow in full sun or light shade as long as they have acidic soils and reliable moisture. They will also thrive in pots filled with ericaceous compost if garden conditions are not ideal.
In this collection you will receive one of each of the following varieties.
blueberry 'Chandler'This mid to late variety produces blueberries the size of cherries, so holds the illustrious title for the world’s largest blueberry. The giant size has not affected the flavour though, as the fruits are delicious and they have a long ripening season, so you can pick them for around 6 weeks over summer. Grows to 2.5m.
blueberry 'Bluecrop'Considered by many to be one of the most reliable croppers, this mid-season cultivar produces high yields of large, delicious fruits that are ready to pick in mid-summer. The vigorous bushes have an upright habit and show a good resistance to disease. Grows to 2m.
blueberry 'Spartan'Renowned for producing some of the best flavoured blueberries, the attractive light blue fruits appear early in the season, are very large and have a tangy, sweet taste. The bush has upright growth to 1.8m at maturity, which makes picking very easy and the glossy green leaves turn attractive shades of yellow and orange in autumn. Grows to 1.8m.
- Garden care: Prepare the ground well before planting. Blueberries can also be grown in large pots and containers if ericaceous compost is used. Prune in winter, cutting out dead or damaged branches. In spring, feed with sulphate of ammonia, sulphate of potash and bonemeal and top-dress with ericaceous compost.