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Bluecrop is considered to be the best all-around blueberry variety for consistently heavy yields of high-quality fruit.
Quick Facts About Bluecrop Blueberry:
MATURE SIZE: 4 feet tall x 4 feet wide
FLAVOR: sweet, full blueberry flavor
FRUIT SIZE: large and firm
USE FOR: baking, eating fresh
USDA HARDINESS ZONE: 4 - 9
FALL COLOR: bright red
BLUEBERRY TYPE: Northern highbush
POLLINATION: plant with another blueberry variety for best crop production
Gardeners prize Bluecrop for its exceptional drought-resistant properties, ease of care in the garden and for holding title as the most frost-tolerant highbush blueberry cultivar. Bluecrop produces abundant sweet, bright-blue fruit in mid-season that is delicious fresh or baked in cobblers or pies. This shrub's foliage turns a fiery red in fall, giving it great ornamental value as well.
Blueberry Growing Requirements Tips:
Select a Site: Blueberries require acid soils, which greatly limits where they can be grown in Idaho. A
soil pH between 4.2 and 5.2 is ideal (pH 7.0 is neutral). Blueberries can be grown, with some challenges, on sites where the pH is as high as 6.0.
Soil pH: Soils having pH values between 5.5 and 6.0 can be acidified by incorporating sulfur into the soil one or two years before planting blueberries. For faster lowering of your pH, blueberries can be grown in raised beds or containers filled with potting mixes or amended soil.
Full Sun: While blueberries survive in partial shade, you need full sun exposure to develop good fruit flavor and maintain high yields. Blueberries grown in the shade become tall, spindly, and unproductive, creating bushes that are unattractive and do not tolerate snow loads well.
Plant 2 or More: While some varieties are self-pollinating, for best production yields plant 2 or different varieties of blueberry plants within 10 - 15 feet of each other.