Emerald.jpgUF Emerald Blueberry is probably the most planted commercial variety in Florida, a large, sweet, mid season berry.

 

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UF Jewel blueberry has become a leading commercial variety because of its exceptional growth, high yields, and large tangy fruit, which makes it perfect for home gardens.

 

 

Planting Blueberries

For the best pollination, get two or more varieties such as Jewel and Emerald.   Fertilize with azalea fertilizer in January and June.  Do not apply fertilizer from September to early December.

Dig a hole with the shovel that is 4 inches larger than the pot the blueberries were grown in and as deep as the height of the root ball.

Remove the plant from the pot, spread the roots, and lower the bare-rooted plant into the hole. Raise or lower the plant by adding or removing soil so that the top level of the soil under the plant is even with the soil of the surrounding area. Fill in the spaces surrounding the plant with pine bark mulch to mix in with soil when filling in the sides, and use 3 to 6 inches of pine bark mulch on top for a 2 foot radius around the plant.

Use the top end of the shovel to tamp the soil around the root ball. Pour 1 gallon of water gently around each plant to reduce air pockets in the soil. Remove weeds or grasses from surrounding area. Apply mulch around base of plant that extends 2 feet.

Blueberries grow well in a raised and mulched bed.

They prefer a well drained, sunny location.  During heavy rains, there should be no standing water after a few hours.